Edwards twins making history at Nebraska
By Ryan Mueksch, NewsNetNebraska
When twelve-year old athletes are receiving the attention of college coaches, they’re doing something right.
The even more amazing thing? These twelve year-old athletes were twins.
After Nebraska Head Coach Rhonda Revelle heard about the Edwards sisters turning heads at 12 years old, she sent out one of her assistants to 14U nationals, making Nebraska the first college to actually watch them compete.
Four years later, a coach’s dream became Nebraska’s reality as the Huskers landed the Edwards twins, Taylor and Tatum, from Murrieta, California in 2010.
“The coaches wanted to make a really personal connection with you and get to know you as a person not the player and I think that was the main thing that drew us to Nebraska,” Tatum said.
Since stepping on campus three years ago, the Edwards sisters have made a prominent impact on the Husker softball program.
“They came out with a bang,” said senior infielder Gabby Banda. “They were hitting home runs over the fence and I was like well, we got two good ones here.”
In her first two and a half seasons in Lincoln, Taylor has become the only All-American catcher in NU history, while also holding the school record for walks in a season (40) and shares the school record with Tatum for runs scored in a game (4).
Tatum also made an immediate impact, earning 2nd team All-Big 12 honors as a freshman and 3rd team All-Big Ten honors last season.
Revelle said their success came at no surprise after seeing how dominating the two were in their high school careers.
Dominating may be an understatement.
Taylor Edwards was only one of two players nationally to compete in the 2008, 2009, and 2010 Under Armour All-American softball games, solidifying herself as one of the top recruits in the country.She hit .520 with 38 home runs and 135 RBI’s in her high school career and was named to the Los Angeles Times’ All-Star softball team two years in a row.
If those stats aren’t remarkable enough, Taylor Edwards was so intimidating at the plate that she was walked 13 times in a row during her senior year. Not even Barry Bonds was walked 13 consecutive times during his 73 home run season in 2001.
Tatum Edwards had herself a pretty good high school career as well, boasting a .403 average with 34 home runs and 133 RBI’s, not to mention a 0.67 ERA in 83 innings pitched as a senior, striking out 132 batters in that span.
Two of California’s stars became Nebraska’s gain. There was never a doubt that they would play at different colleges.
“We were always a package deal,” Taylor said. “We let coaches know before anything happened that we were going together, it was together or nothing.”
Often known as “The twins” or “TNT,” it’s not too frequent you see Taylor and Tatum apart. Although the twins have began to separate their social lives a little more the past couple of years, there is still no doubt to them and everyone around them that they are best friends.
“I never thought of them apart and I don’t know them apart,” Revelle said.
If Taylor is seen without Tatum, someone is sure to tease Taylor about not being with her twin and vise versa. The twins laugh off the teasing because deep down they know what they have at Nebraska is something special.
“Really no one gets to know the feeling I get when I get to pitch to my sister, let a lone my twin sister,” Tatum said. “We’ve already had that trust built since we were born. She knows every tendency I have, she can read my mind and I can read hers.”
The twins are a big reason why the Huskers have had so much success this year, ranked 18th in the nation with a 30-9 record (8-3 in Big Ten play). So what are the twins like off the field, away from the intensity of the game?
“They’re huggy kids,” Revelle said. “All of our coaches probably hug them each day because they always come to get a hug.”
And if the Huskers win a Big Ten Championship, Nebraska coaches will be more than happy to give the Edwards sisters plenty of hugs to go around.