Career Honors & Awards
Edwards was one of the top dual-threat pitchers and hitters in Nebraska and NCAA history. She won 30 games and hit 11 home runs in 2013 to become the 11th known player in NCAA history to post 30 victories and hit 10 home runs in the same season. Edwards finished her career with 70 victories and 46 home runs.
In the circle, Edwards owned a 70-28 career record with a 2.02 ERA. She tossed 24 shutouts and struck out 551 batters in 623.1 innings. Opponents hit just .199 against Edwards. Edwards left her mark on the Nebraska career pitching record book, ranking sixth in no-hitters (2), seventh in wins, shutouts and complete games (69) and eighth in innings, strikeouts and winning percentage (.714).
Offensively, Edwards posted a .292 career batting average with 38 doubles, 46 home runs, 158 RBIs and 135 runs scored. At the conclusion of her career, Edwards ranked fourth in home runs, fifth in RBIs, sixth in total bases (367) and slugging percentage (.556) and eighth in doubles and walks (87).
Senior Season 
In the circle, Edwards posted a 24-13 record with a 1.78 ERA. She ranked 12th nationally in saves (4), 19th in shutouts (9), 38th in strikeouts (218) and 35th in ERA. Her 1.78 ERA also led the Big Ten Conference. In the Nebraska record book, Edwards ranked seventh in saves, eighth in complete games (29) and wins and 10th in shutouts. She also became the seventh Husker to toss two no-hitters in the same season. Her no-hitter in the NCAA Tournament against Bradley marked the second postseason no-hitter in school history. She ended her career in the 2014 NCAA Super Regional, but during the NCAA Tournament, Edwards did not allow an earned run over her final 25.0 innings, which included four road appearances (three starts) against No. 15 Missouri and No. 2 Alabama.
At the plate, Edwards batted .294, the second-highest average of her career. She produced double-digit doubles and home runs for the second straight season, slugging 10 doubles and tying her career high with 14 home runs. Fueled by the career-high 24 extra-base hits, Edwards drove in a career-best 52 RBIs. She also drew a career-high 32 walks to post a .397 on-base percentage that complemented a .572 slugging percentage. Edwards ranked 54th nationally in home runs and 101st in RBIs per game. Her 52 RBIs ranked sixth in school history, and her 52 RBIs were ninth.
Off the field, Edwards was an academic All-Big Ten selection for the second straight season. She also received a Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award and was a member of NU's 2014 Tom Osborne Citizenship Team. Nationally, Edwards was one of 30 candidates for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award.
Junior Season 
She proved to be one of the nation’s top dual threats, as Edwards and Oklahoma’s Keilani Ricketts - the 2012 and 2013 National Player of the Year - were the only two players in the country to produce 30 victories and hit at least 10 home runs in 2013. Edwards is the only player in school history to reach both of those marks in the same season.
In the circle, Edwards enjoyed a breakout junior season after seeing relatively limited action in her first two seasons. An offseason of dedication to crafting her pitching abilities paid off, as Edwards posted a 30-10 record with a 1.91 ERA in 253.1 innings. She ranked 11th nationally in shutouts (10), 12th in victories, 30th in hits allowed per seven innings (4.9) and 40th in strikeouts (229). Among Big Ten pitchers, Edwards ranked second in the league in opponent batting average (.194), third in innings, wins, appearances (44) and starts (36), fourth in strikeouts, fifth in ERA and tied for eighth in saves (1). Edwards also left her mark on Nebraska’s record book, ranking fourth in wins, seventh in shutouts and complete games (30) and eighth in innings pitched. Her 30 wins were the second-most ever by a Husker junior, while her 10 shutouts ranked third.
She did not allow an earned run in 20 of her 44 appearances, including 15 of her 36 starts. Edwards also posted five double-digit strikeout games in 2013, a feat she did not accomplish once while making 35 appearances and throwing 130.0 combined innings during her freshman and sophomore seasons.
After a solid opening weekend, Edwards gave a preview of what was to come when she tossed a complete-game five-hitter without allowing an earned run in a 1-0 loss in front of more than 2,000 fans at No. 16 Arizona in the second week of the season. She then took a no-hitter and shutout into the seventh inning in an eventual loss to No. 1 Oklahoma in her next start against a ranked team. Edwards picked up her first win over a ranked opponent when she tossed her second shutout of the season, a four-hitter against No. 23 Florida State. Edwards found a groove in March, posting a streak of 33.2 innings without allowing an earned run, a streak that stretched more than two weeks and covered seven total appearances and six starts. She tossed shutouts against Oklahoma State, Wichita State, New Mexico State and North Dakota State during the streak. Edwards won eight straight decisions in the month of March and posted eight straight victories again in April.
During Big Ten play, Edwards posted an 11-4 record with a league-low 1.98 ERA. Opponents hit just .177 against her in conference action, and she struck out 93 batters in only 95.1 innings. Her finest efforts of the conference season came in the final two weekends, when she was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week in back-to-back weeks. She went 2-1 against No. 9 Michigan in the next-to-last weekend of the regular season, tossing a complete-game two-hitter and allowing only one run in the series opener. She then tossed 3.0 innings of scoreless, no-hit relief in game three, allowing Nebraska to rally for a 7-3 victory. The next weekend at Penn State, Edwards allowed only one run in 14.0 innings, surrendering just three hits, including a one-hit shutout in the final game of the regular season. Earlier in the conference season, Edwards set a career high with 13 strikeouts in an eight-inning complete-game victory over Northwestern.
Edwards’ strong junior campaign continued into the postseason. She threw every inning of the NCAA Lincoln Regional, posting a 3-0 record with a 1.67 ERA. She then went 1-1 with a 1.56 ERA in the NCAA Eugene (Ore.) Super Regional. Overall, Edwards was 4-2 in the NCAA Tournament with a 2.14 ERA. Edwards proved she was up to any challenge throughout the 2013 season. She snapped the nation’s longest winning streak with her three-hit victory over No. 9 Michigan in April, then snapped the nation’s longest home winning streak with a five-hit win at No. 3 Oregon in May. Edwards allowed only one earned run in both of those streak-snapping, complete-game victories.
While Edwards saw her pitching stock soar in her junior season, she also continued to swing a strong bat, despite fewer at bats with her increased workload in the circle. Edwards batted .286 on the season and slugged .600 as 22 of her 40 hits went for extra bases. She recorded 11 doubles and 11 home runs, becoming only the seventh player in school history to produce 10 doubles and 10 home runs in the same season. She ranked in a tie for ninth in the Big Ten with her 11 home runs. The extra-base hits helped her drive in 26 runs and eclipse 100 career RBIs. Edwards also scored 30 runs, drew 17 walks and stole three bases. During Big Ten play, Edwards was even better, batting .348 with four doubles, three home runs, 10 RBIs, a .630 slugging percentage and a .464 on-base percentage.
Edwards produced nine multi-hit efforts and seven multi-RBI games in 2013. Of her nine games with multiple hits, three times she produced multiple extra-base hits. Edwards opened her season with a pair of home runs at New Mexico State, and she added her fifth career multi-homer game against North Dakota State in March. She drove in a season-high four runs with her first career grand slam against Minnesota in April, a line-drive shot off the left-field foul pole that broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the sixth inning. Edwards hit her final home run of the season at No. 3 Oregon in game two of the NCAA Super Regional, a leadoff blast in the bottom of the first inning. Edwards’ best offensive stretch of the season came in late April, when she went 11-for-17 (.647) in a span of five starts, adding three home runs, a double, eight RBIs and seven runs scored.
Defensively, Edwards fielded her position well, posting a .940 fielding percentage. In addition to making 44 appearances and 36 starts in the circle, Edwards also started four games in left field.
Sophomore Season 
Offensively, Edwards batted .301 with a career-high nine doubles, seven homers and 38 RBIs. She tied for the team lead in home runs and ranked second in RBIs and third in slugging percentage (.506) and walks (26). She produced 12 multi-hit games, including six three-hit games. Edwards also added nine multi-RBI efforts, including a pair of games with five-or-more RBIs. She homered twice and tied the school record with seven RBIs at New Mexico State on Feb. 17. In addition to posting the highest batting average of her career, Edwards showed improved plate discipline, drawing a career-high 26 walks, 14 more than she recorded as a freshman. Edwards walked at least once in 20 of her 54 games, including two games where she walked in every plate appearance.
In the circle, Edwards battled an elbow injury all season long. The injury limited her availability for most of the month of March, but Edwards battled through it to post a 9-5 record on the season with a 2.88 ERA in 80.1 innings. Edwards tossed three shutouts among her seven complete games. Opponents batted only .213 against her and produced just eight extra-base hits in 301 at bats. In Big Ten play, Edwards posted a 4-3 record with a 2.92 ERA. She allowed one earned run or less in five of her final seven Big Ten starts. Overall, Edwards allowed one earned run or less in 13 of her 19 appearances as a sophomore, including 10 of her 16 starts. She tossed the only conference shutout of her career against Michigan State, and fired a complete-game, one-hitter in her final start of the year against Wisconsin. Her best outing of the season came against NCAA Regional finalist Northwestern, when she threw a complete-game five-hitter and did not allow an earned run.
Edwards was twice honored as the Big Ten Pitcher of the Week during her sophomore season.
Freshman Season 
Offensively, Edwards batted .285 in her rookie season with eight doubles, 14 home runs and 42 RBIs. The 14 home runs marked the second-highest total ever by a Husker freshman and would have set the record had her twin sister Taylor not homered 18 times. Tatum’s 42 RBIs also tied for the fourth-highest total by a Husker freshman. In addition to finishing second on the team in home runs and RBIs, Edwards also ranked second in slugging percentage (.588), third in stolen bases (6) and fourth in runs scored (33). Edwards was Nebraska’s top hitter in conference play. During the league slate, Edwards led Nebraska with a .283 average, two doubles, five home runs, 11 RBIs, eight runs scored and a .604 slugging percentage.
Edwards produced 11 multi-hit games and 13 multi-RBI efforts on the season. She tied a school record with four runs scored at UTEP on March 22, when she went 3-for-3 with a double, a homer and four RBIs. The home run marked her fourth consecutive game with a home run, tying for the third-longest streak in NCAA history. Less than two weeks later, Edwards went 6-for-7 with a double, two homers, five RBIs and four runs scored in a two-game series at Kansas, setting a career high with a 4-for-4 effort in game two.
On the season, Edwards ranked sixth in the Big 12 and 55th nationally in home runs. Edwards drove in runs by producing in clutch situations, as she batted .400 with runners in scoring position and two outs.
In the circle, Edwards was a perfect 7-0 on the season. She quickly emerged as Nebraska’s No. 2 pitcher and posted a 2.40 ERA in 49.2 innings. She tossed a shutout in two of her three complete games and struck out 47 while holding opposing hitters to a .202 batting average. Edwards allowed one earned run or less in 12 of her final 14 outings, including a one-hit shutout against South Dakota State on April 27, when she allowed only one baserunner the entire game and struck out a career-high nine batters. Edwards also added a two-hit shutout with seven strikeouts in her third career start against Tennessee Tech on Feb. 20.
Defensively, Edwards was perfect in the field in 60 chances despite playing three different positions.
In her career, Edwards boasted a .403 average with 93 runs, 27 doubles, eight triples, 34 home runs, 133 RBIs, a .493 on-base percentage and an .817 slugging percentage. In the circle, she posted a 42-14 career record with 17 shutouts in 413.1 innings. She struck out 608 batters and held opposing hitters to a batting average under .160.
As a senior in 2010, Edwards excelled at the plate and in the circle. Edwards batted .511 with six doubles, eight home runs and 30 RBIs in only 29 games. She led the Broncos in average and ranked second to her twin sister Taylor in home runs and slugging percentage (.830). Edwards also reached base at a .566 clip. In the circle, Edwards battled through some control issues to post an 11-3 record with a 0.67 ERA. In 83.0 innings, she struck out 132 batters and opponents hit only .132 against her.
In 2009, Edwards went 11-3 with a 0.87 ERA in the circle, as opponents hit just .123 against her and struck out 144 times in only 88.2 innings. At the plate, Edwards batted .460 with nine doubles, three triples, nine home runs and 44 RBIs in only 87 at bats. She also coaxed 24 walks to post a .584 on-base percentage to go along with a .920 slugging percentage. According to reported statistics from MaxPreps.com, Edwards ranked sixth in all of the southern section in RBIs and 11th in home runs. Among all juniors in the state, Edwards ranked fourth in RBIs and seventh in homers.
As a sophomore, Edwards compiled a 14-3 record with a 0.93 ERA and 146 strikeouts in 105.0 innings. At the plate, Edwards hit .338 with a .443 on-base percentage and an .800 slugging percentage. She hit a team-high eight home runs, while also recording a team-high three triples and adding seven doubles and 30 RBIs in 30 games. She posted the sixth-highest home run total by a sophomore in the state.
As the California State Freshman of the Year in 2007, Edwards was selected for the CalHiSports.com underclass all-state second team. She and her sister Taylor were among the only three freshmen selected to the first or second team. Tatum posted a 16-5 record as a freshman with a 1.38 ERA in 136.2 innings. She tossed six shutouts and struck out 186. Offensively, Edwards batted .292 with team-high totals of eight homers and three triples. In only 89 at bats, Edwards produced 29 RBIs. She ranked 14th in the southern section in home runs, while ranking second among all California freshmen in homers, fifth in wins and strikeouts, 15th in RBIs and 19th in ERA.
Edwards played her travel ball for Marty Tyson and the Corona Angels. Coached by the father of current Husker infielder Dawna Tyson and former Husker Tori Tyson, Edwards helped lead the Angels to a second-place finish at the 2008 ASA Gold National Tournament, as well as a pair of runner-up finishes at the 12- and 14-and-under national championships (2007) and another third-place finish at the 14-and-under national tournament (2006). For her efforts, Edwards and her sister, Taylor, were both selected to attend the 2007 adidas Futures Top 100 camp, which is an invitation-only event designed for the top high school softball prospects in the nation.