NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---
Cal State Northridge junior Brianna Elder was named Big West Pitcher of the Week while freshman centerfielder Taylor Glover was named Big West Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday. Elder went 2-0 with one save and a 0.55 ERA in three games last week while Glover batted .533 with three runs scored, five RBIs and two stolen bases.
"I think the team is seeing the ball well and we're trying to make adjustments at the plate like looking for our pitch early," CSUN head coach Tairia Flowers said. "The pitchers are getting better week-by-week and it's a good time to start trying to peak and play as a team."
In her third season, Elder has assumed the No. 1 pitching responsibilities without a hitch. She posted victories over Utah State and LMU last week, both in complete game performances, and picked up her league-leading third save of the season in another victory over the Lions.
For the season, Elder is 12-3 with a 2.04 ERA and 82 K's in 89 innings of work. She has held opponents to a .223 batting average and allowed only 26 earned runs on the year. For the season, Elder ranks second in the Big West Conference in ERA, third in opponent batting average, third in strikeouts and second in wins.
"I think what helps Brianna is her confidence and desire to be in the circle. She wants the ball every single game and she has a lot of fight behind her," Flowers said. "She had some injuries that did not allow her to be consistently in the line-up, but now she's taking advantage of every opportunity she's given."
Glover has hardly missed a beat in making the transition to Division I softball. The rookie had two three-hit games at LMU last week to give her a team-best 10 mutli-hit games this season. She is tied for the team lead with 19 RBIs, a total that is tied for fourth in the conference.
For the season, Glover is batting .422 and leads the Matadors with 20 runs, 35 hits and 48 total bases. With three triples, she is tied for the conference lead and she ranks second in the league in batting average and is tied for third with 30 hits. On the basepaths, Glover ranks third in the Big West with 11 stolen bases.
"Taylor has a drive to compete and never wants to leave the field," Flowers said. "She is a hard worker and the talent that she has helps her tremendously. She is a great player who wants to see her teammates do well and she helps brings them to the next level."
The Matadors continued their torrid play with a 4-0 record last week, sweeping doubleheaders with Utah State and LMU. CSUN has now 11 of its last 12 contests and is 8-1 on the season at Matador Diamond.
This week, the Matadors return to the San Fernando Valley for five games. CSUN will face Harvard on Thursday Mar. 20 (2:30 p.m.), Bakersfield on Friday, Mar. 21 (2 p.m.), Pacific on Saturday, Mar. 22 (2 p.m.) and Pacific (11:30 a.m.) and Bakersfield (2 p.m.) on Sunday, Mar. 23.
A complete schedule for the weekend can be found here.