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Nebraska softball lands two players on all-Big Ten first team

Nebraska softball lands two players on all-Big Ten first team

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Penn State vs. Nebraska, 3.27

Nebraska's Billie Andrews (right) celebrates with teammates Cam Ybarra (far left) and Tristen Edwards after hitting a three-run homer on March 27 at Bowlin Stadium.

Parker Gabriel and Chris Basnett talk about the lull in the college football world before a wild June of recruiting visits and workouts begins. In baseball, Spencer Schwellenbach is rising up MLB Draft boards while the Huskers found out Friday that they will not play host to a regional in the NCAA Tournament. 

Nebraska's Tristen Edwards and Billie Andrews were named to the all-Big Ten softball first team Wednesday.

Edwards was named to the 18-player first team for the third time in her career. The senior right fielder was pitched around all season, yet still hit .326 with seven doubles, seven homers and 17 RBIs in 40 games. Edwards led the Big Ten in walks (39) and hit-by-pitches (17), and her .583 on-base percentage was a school record.

Edwards, who returned for her fifth season, became the eighth player in program history to earn first-team all-conference honors three times.

Andrews, meanwhile, emerged as one of the top freshmen in the Big Ten, and the Gretna graduate became the first NU freshman to earn first-team all-conference honors from the Big Ten.

The shortstop hit .317 and led her team in hits (45), runs (32) and RBIs (31). She also hit seven homers. 

Andrews also was named to the all-Big Ten freshman team, which also included Big Ten freshman of the year Jaeda McFarland of Maryland.

Michigan nearly swept the individual awards. Outfielder Lexie Blair was named player of the year, Alex Storako was a unanimous selection for pitcher of the year and Carol Hutchins earned top coaching honors.

Blair and Storako helped lead Michigan to a 36-6 record and a Big Ten championship.



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