Former Husker two-time All-America catcher Taylor Edwards earned a spot on the USA Softball World Championship team, announced by USA Softball on Saturday. Edwards becomes the second former Husker to make a Team USA World Championship roster, following in the footsteps of two-time All-American Denise Day, who was on the 1990 World Championship team.
Edwards was one of 17 athletes – and just two catchers – to make the roster for the No. 1-ranked team in the world. Edwards and her teammates will compete at the World Cup of Softball and the 2018 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women’s World Championship, Aug. 2-12 in Chiba, Japan. The 2018 World Championship is part of the Road to Tokyo, as softball will make its return at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics following an eight-year absence from the games. In addition to the World Championship roster, USA Softball also announced an additional 17-woman roster that will represent the United States at the Japan All-Star Series and compete as a second National Team at the World Cup of Softball.
Following her Husker career, Edwards was the No. 8 overall pick in the 2014 National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) Draft. She has played in the NPF each of the last four seasons, including winning three straight NPF championships in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Edwards has been an All-NPF selection in two of the last three seasons, and she also plays professionally in Japan.