Taylor Edwards was named the 2014 Diamond Sports Division I Catcher of the Year, as announced by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). Edwards was the first Husker to be named the Catcher of the Year. 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.