Former Husker catcher Taylor Edwards earns spot on USA Softball world championship team

Taylor Edwards, a former two-time All-America catcher for Nebraska, earned a spot on the USA Softball world championship team on Saturday.

Edwards becomes the second former Husker to make a Team USA world championship roster — two-time All-American Denise Day was on the 1990 world championship team.

“I am very honored and humbled for this opportunity,” Edwards said in a release. “Being able to represent my country has been a dream of mine ever since I was a little kid. I want to thank my family for all the sacrifices each one of them has given for this game. I wouldn’t be in this position if it wasn’t for their love, support and honesty. Thank you USA Softball for this incredible opportunity again and I can’t wait to compete with these amazing girls.”

Edwards is one of two catchers to make the roster for the world’s top-ranked team. Team USA will compete at the World Cup of Softball and the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women’s World Championship, which takes place Aug. 2-12 in Chiba, Japan.

Softball makes its return to the Olympics in 2020 in Tokyo following an eight-year absence from the games.

Edwards was a four-year starting catcher for Nebraska from 2011 to 2014. The only All-America catcher in program history, Edwards also was selected the 2014 Division I catcher of the year. When she was named an All-American in 2014, she became the sixth Husker to be a first-team selection.

Edwards ended her career with 17 school records, including career home runs (54). Edwards is among the program’s all-time leaders in multiple offensive categories, finishing second in RBIs (202), third in runs scored (177) and total bases (423).

“Nebraska softball, her teammates, coaches and all of those who have followed Taylor’s Husker career are so thrilled for her to be able to represent the United States,” NU coach Rhonda Revelle said. ”Taylor is an unbelievable player, teammate and person and we all know Taylor — she will be extremely humbled by her selection. She deserves and has earned this moment.”

Following her Husker career, Edwards was the No. 8 overall pick in the 2014 National Pro Fastpitch Draft. She’s played in the NPF the last four seasons, including winning three straight championships. Edwards has been an all-NPF selection in two of the last three seasons, and she also plays professionally in Japan.