LINCOLN — Senior day is turning into senior weekend for Nebraska's favorite softball twins.
Tatum and Taylor Edwards will be officially honored after Sunday's regular-season finale against Indiana.
But the twins from Murrieta, California, gave Husker fans plenty of reasons to start the party early in Saturday's 3-0 victory over the Hoosiers.
Tatum Edwards threw her eighth career one-hitter and Taylor Edwards tied the school record for career home runs to help keep Nebraska in contention for at least a share of the Big Ten regular-season title.
The twins, who are the only seniors on NU's roster, helped the Huskers secure either the No. 1 or 2 seed for the Big Ten postseason tournament that begins Thursday in Evanston, Illinois.
Nebraska improved to 39-14 overall and 17-5 in Big Ten games before the sixth-largest crowd in school history — 1,692 — at Bowlin Stadium. The Huskers still have a chance to share the regular season championship if they defeat Indiana Sunday and Wisconsin beats Michigan.
The Wolverines, 18-4 in Big Ten play, have a one-game lead on Nebraska after defeating Wisconsin 10-1 in six innings Saturday.
Tatum Edwards had a no-hitter through six innings, but Indiana third baseman Shelby Gogreve ended Edwards' shot at her second career no-no with a sharp single to right-center. Edwards said she acknowledged the hit when she and Gogreve made eye contact after the play.
“I didn't go out in the seventh inning and try to do anything extra,” Edwards said. “I gave her a little clap to let her know what was going on.”
The fifth-inning home run by Taylor Edwards was the 53rd of her career and tied her with Ali Viola, whose last season as a Husker was 1998.
That blast, which came on the first pitch of the inning from Indiana reliever Brooke Boetjer, was the 17th of the season for Edwards. It was hit so hard that the ball bounced off the fence at the top of the berm 30 feet beyond the scoreboard.
Edwards said the feeling she had circling the bases wasn't so much celebratory but more a sense of relief.
“I've just been trying more lately to make solid contact,” Edwards said. “I've been getting jammed a lot lately and popping up, so it was nice to finally get one to go out of the park.”
Indiana made the first serious threat to score after catcher Kelsey Dotson was hit by a pitch and NU third baseman MJ Knighten committed a throwing error in the top of the third.
But with runners at second and third, Knighten atoned for her miscue by making a slick fielding play on a slow roller left of the pitcher's circle. Her throw to first beat IU cleanup hitter Kassi Farmer by a step.
The Huskers also stranded two in the third after getting their first two hits of the game — singles by Alicia Armstrong and Hailey Decker.
Nebraska coach Rhonda Revelle said those singles helped Nebraska's hitters build momentum.
“We just kept working and taking the approach that we've worked on,” Revelle said. “We did a better job of swinging at good pitchers as the game went on.”
The Huskers finally struck in the fourth inning. Right fielder Kylee Muir got things going with a one-out double to left-center before freshman Austen Urness took a 1-0 offering from Indiana starter Meaghan Murphy and dropped it over the left-field fence for her second home run of the season.
It was the biggest hit for Urness in her return to the lineup after suffering a concussion March 15 against Kansas.
“I've learned a lot of things since that happened,” Urness said. “I don't take anything for granted. It's definitely been a process. It's just great to be back in the box no matter what the situation is to help my team any way I can.”
With the Huskers up 2-0, center fielder Kiki Stokes laced a double to left field before Murphy was replaced by Boetjer, who retired the next two NU hitters.
Revelle said the Huskers also had the challenge of facing a left-hander for the first time in nearly two months. Murphy was the first southpaw starter Nebraska had faced since playing Northern Illinois on March 15.
Indiana (17-37-1, 5-17) ..................................... 000 000—0 1 0
At Nebraska (39-14, 17-5) ............................... 000 210 x—3 7 1
W: Tat. Edwards, 21-10. L: Murphy, 5-15. 2B: NU, Muir. HR: NU, Urness, Tay. Edwards. A: 1,692.