A pair of Husker softball players were honored by the Big Ten Conference on Monday. Following outstanding performances last week, Brooke Thomason was named the Big Ten Player of the Week and Tatum Edwards was named the conference co-pitcher of the week.
Both players won the first weekly Big Ten awards of their careers, while Thomason earned her second career conference honor, as she was named the Big 12 Player of the Week as a freshman in 2010. Both players played key roles in Nebraska’s 4-0 week, which included a three-game sweep of Northwestern to open conference play. A Husker was honored for the second straight week, as senior Ashley Hagemann was named the Big Ten Pitcher of the Week last week.
A native of Overland Park, Kan., Thomason played a huge role in the Huskers’ sweep of Northwestern. The junior was key in Nebraska’s come-from-behind win in the series opener. Her sixth-inning home run cut Northwestern’s lead to 6-4 and one inning later, Thomason belted a walk-off grand slam to power Nebraska to the 9-6 win. She tied career highs with two home runs and five RBIs in the win, while becoming the first Husker to hit a game-winning, walk-off home run since Nicole Trimboli in 2002. Thomason finished the three-game series with seven RBIs, while batting .417 on the week.
Edwards, a sophomore right-hander, pitched only once last week, returning from an elbow injury. She started the series finale against Northwestern, making her first appearance in the circle in three weeks and her first start in nearly a month. After the Wildcats had scored 12 runs the first two games of the series, Edwards held Northwestern to a single run in an 8-1 victory. A native of Murrieta, Calif., Edwards did not allow an earned run in a complete-game effort. She allowed only five hits and struck out six, while retiring 13 of the final 14 batters she faced.
Nebraska puts an eight-game winning streak on the line on Wednesday, when the Huskers wrap up a seven-game homestand against South Dakota State at 5 p.m. at Bowlin Stadium.
Courtesy: NU Media Relations