Taylor Edwards added yet another honor to an already decorated career on Friday, July 11, when she was named the 2014 Diamond Sports Division I Catcher of the Year, as announced by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA).
The Diamond Sports Catcher of the Year award is presented annually to the top catcher from an NFCA member institution in each of the following divisions: NCAA (Divisions I, II and III), NAIA, NJCAA (Divisions I, II and III), Cal JC, NWAC and high school. A committee comprised of head coaches in each of the 10 divisions determined the winner of their respective award.
Edwards was the first Husker to be named the Diamond Sports Catcher of the Year, and her selection solidified her status as the nation's top catcher in 2014. Edwards also earned first-team All-America honors behind the plate as a senior, after garnering third-team All-America honors as a freshman in 2011. The only All-America catcher in school history, Edwards is one of eight multiple All-Americans in the history of Nebraska softball. She is also one of just six Huskers to be named a first-team All-American.
A native of Murrieta, Calif., Edwards served as a co-captain in 2014, helping lead the Huskers to a share of the Big Ten regular-season title and program records of 18 road wins and 18 conference victories. She helped Nebraska win an NCAA Regional for the second straight year, while also posting a top-10 postseason finish for the second year in a row.
Edwards batted .346 with eight doubles, 43 RBI and career bests in homers (18), runs (58) and hits (65) in her senior season. She led all Big Ten catchers in pickoffs, runners caught stealing and opponent stolen base percentage. Edwards ended her career holding 17 school records and NCAA Division I records for most grand slams in a game (two) and most consecutive games with a homer (six in 2011).
The Huskers' all-time home run leader, Edwards was the eighth overall selection in the 2014 National ProFastpitch (NPF) league draft. She is currently a month into her rookie season with the expansion franchise Pennsylvania Rebellion. Taylor is joined on the Rebellion by her twin sister Tatum, who was also a multi-time All-American, earning second-team honors in 2013 and third-team accolades in 2014.