Taylor Edwards, left, and twin sister Tatum have been program changers.
By Randy York
The final segment of the monthly Talk to the Director of Athletics Radio Show featured All-America twin sisters who came to Lincoln as two of the country’s most highly recruited softball players and have lived up to their own stellar standards, elevating Nebraska to historic heights in the process. After winning 15 of its last 16 conference games, Nebraska shared the Big Ten regular-season championship with Michigan and earned the No. 2 seed in the Big Ten Tournament in Evanston, Ill.
Rhonda Revelle will be Tuesday night’s third-segment radio guest.
Small wonder that Shawn Eichorst, Nebraska’s second-year Director of Athletics, chose softball to lead off Tuesday’s one-hour show. Host Greg Sharpe interviewed Hall-of-Fame Softball Coach Rhonda Revelle in the third segment and then interviewed Revelle’s prized twin All-America recruits in the fourth and final segment – Tatum Edwards, a 5-foot-6 right-handed pitcher, and Taylor Edwards, a 5-foot-7 catcher.
The Edwards twins have had a double impact on Nebraska’s amazing softball run and the record-setting attendance that supported its Big Ten championship season. Before they arrived in Lincoln, the Huskers’ last 40-win season was 2006. Last Sunday, Tatum pitched the Huskers to their third 40-win season since their arrival. The Edwards twins also have been pivotal in Nebraska hosting its first softball regional since 2007 and first Super Regional in school history.
Sunday’s Big Ten championship marked Nebraska’s first conference softball title in 10 years. Last year’s Husker appearance in Oklahoma City’s Women’s College World Series was Nebraska’s first in 11 seasons. Until the Edwards twins put on their Husker jerseys, Nebraska had not produced a softball All-American since 2005. With incredible overall history emerging from their collective leadership and performance, it should be interesting tonight to hear what Tatum and Taylor Edwards consider to be their most memorable moments and how those moments fit into the overall context. The Edwards twins are proud, proven and poised to lead their teammates into the postseason.
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