Edwards sets NCAA homer record
Tatum Edwards also homers, pitches first shutout in circle
DENTON, Texas -- Freshman Tatum Edwards tossed a two-hit shutout while her sister Taylor Edwards set an NCAA record, as the twins powered 21st-ranked Nebraska to its eighth consecutive victory with a 6-0 shutout of Tennessee Tech on Sunday.
Each sister also homered in the game with Tatum's three-run blast in the second inning giving her all the run support she would need. Taylor's solo shot in the seventh broke an NCAA record with her sixth consecutive game with a roundtripper. Taylor had homered in five consecutive games entering Sunday, a total that tied for the longest streak in NCAA history.
After getting one hit in her first three trips to the plate against Tennessee Tech, Taylor blasted a solo shot over the scoreboard in left center with one out in the top of the seventh inning. By homering in her sixth consecutive game, Taylor broke the previous NCAA record set by Northwestern's Tammy Williams in 2009.
"It's an honor to break the record, but my mentality when I go up to the plate is to see the ball and hit the ball hard," Taylor Edwards said. "My goal is to just help the team win and have fun."
Taylor finished 2-for-4 with two RBI, while Tatum was 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored. The twins have combined for 11 home runs in Nebraska's first 11 games. At least one of the sisters has homered in nine of the Huskers' 11 games, while both Edwards twins homered in the same game for the second time this season.
Not to be overshadowed was Tatum Edwards' pitching performance. Edwards tossed Nebraska's second consecutive shutout, firing a two-hitter with a career-high seven strikeouts. She polished off her first career shutout by retiring the final 11 batters she faced.
The performance of the twins led Nebraska to its eighth consecutive victory as the Huskers opened the season with a 10-1 record. Holly Thomas (1-2) took the loss for Tennessee Tech, which fell to 1-6 on the season after losing by more than a run for the first time. Thomas went three innings, allowing three runs on four hits.
"I loved the fact that we finished the last two games with shutouts," head coach Rhonda Revelle said of Nebraska's perfect weekend. "I also liked the fact that in most every game we got to the opponent's bullpen and that shows that we're doing some good things offensively.
"I just felt like we had a really solid weekend."
On Sunday, Nebraska jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the second. After the first batter was retired, sophomore Brooke Thomason and senior Heidi Foland drew back-to-back walks. Tatum Edwards then fouled off three two-strike pitches before lining a 2-2 offering over the fence in center for a three-run homer.
Tennessee Tech helped the Huskers score two more runs in the top of the fourth. Tatum Edwards and sophomore Megan Southworth reached on consecutive one-out singles. Sophomore Gabby Banda then put down a sacrifice bunt and wound up safe at first when the pitcher was unable to field the ball. That left the bases loaded, when another error allowed Edwards to score and give Nebraska a 4-0 lead.
After the Golden Eagles recorded the second out of the inning at home plate, Taylor Edwards ripped an RBI single to left field to increase the lead to 5-0. She then added her NCAA record-breaking homer in the seventh to close out the scoring.