Matadors Close out Regular Season with Homestand vs. Titans

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CSUN Softball Hosts Cal State Fullerton for Senior Weekend

The Cal State Northridge softball team (31-23, 8-10 Big West) hosts Cal State Fullerton in the final Big West Conference series of the 2014 season. The Matadors and Titans will play a doubleheader on Friday, May 9 starting at noon and a single game on Saturday, May 10 also at noon. The games will feature live stats available at GoMatadors.com. All three games will be played at Matador Diamond and Saturday's regular season finale is Senior Day for CSUN's three-member senior class: Tanna Bindi, Leann Lopez and Jennifer Tyler.

Last week, CSUN won it series at Hawai'i by winning its first two games ever in Honolulu. The Matadors exploded for an 11-5 victory in the series opener behind 12 hits, including a season-high three from Maylynn Mitchell. Taylor Glover had three RBIs in the victory to give her a league-leading 48 on the season, the most by a Matador since the 1994 season.

In the second game of the series, Brianna Elder tossed a four-hit shutout to help lead the Matadors to a 5-0 victory. Elder had six strikeouts and offensively, Katie Hooper had two hits and five different Matadors scored a run. Although CSUN dropped the third game of the series, Taylor Nate had a two-run double.

This week, CSUN renews rivalries with Cal State Fullerton for three games at Matador Diamond. The Titans enter the weekend with a 30-21-1 overall record and a 10-8 record in Big West Play after taking two of three games from UC Davis last week. Cal State Fullerton has won the past two series with CSUN, but the Matadors won the previous two before that.

At the plate, sophomore Missy Taukeiaho leads the Titans in batting average (.432), on-base percentage (.547) and slugging percentage (.834). She also leads the squad with 13 doubles, 17 home runs and 45 RBIs. As a team, Cal State Fullerton is batting .299 for the season and .319 against Big West opposition.

In the circle, Cal State Fullerton has three pitchers that have logged over 78 innings this season. Jasmine Antunez has started 24 games this season and is 10-9 on the year with a 4.05 ERA and 91 strikeouts in 109 innings of work. Christina Washington is 11-6 on the year with a 3.71 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 124.2 innings of work.

This weekend represents the final three games at Matador Diamond for CSUN's three seniors. Lopez and Bindi are four-year letterwinners with the club who have helped lead the team to its first 30-win season since 2009. Bindi has played primarily at first base and delivered several game-winning hits for the Matadors during the 2013 season, including a walk-off home run to defeat UCLA. Lopez has been a middle infielder who has been a key team leader throughout her Matador career. Tyler is a two-year letterwinner who served as both a pitcher and outfielder during her time at CSUN. The Cal State Northridge softball program, athletic department and entire university community would like to congratulate them on fantastic careers and for representing CSUN with pride and integrity on the field and in the classroom. 

Brianna the Elder

Junior Brianna Elder picked up two wins, including her fifth shutout of the season, to help lead the Matadors to a series victory at Hawai'i. She won her third Big West Pitcher of the Week award this season after going 2-0 with a 0.52 ERA as CSUN swept its season series with UC Riverside. The two wins in Honolulu lifted Elder's season total to 22, making her the first 20-game winner at CSUN since the 2001 season. She received her second Pitcher of the Week award of the season after posting a pair of complete game victories over UC Davis. Against the Aggies, Elder did not allow a run over her final 13 innings of work and picked up her second shutout of the season in Sunday's finale. For the season, she is 22-11 with a 2.25 ERA and 132 K's in 186.2 innings of work. She is second in the Big West in wins, ERA and opponent batting average (.227) while checking in at third in strikeouts and innings pitched. She earned the first Big West Pitcher of the Week award of her career after going 2-0 with a save and a 0.55 ERA in CSUN victories over Utah State and LMU. In the Matadors' home-opening victory over Portland State, Elder struck out a career-high 13 batters and tossed her sixth complete game of the year. Earlier this season, she tossed a complete game with 11 strikeouts in a win vs. Oregon State and picked up her first career save with two innings of work vs. Seattle.

CSUN's Lethal Weapon

Freshman Taylor Glover was named one of 25 finalists for the inaugural NFCA Freshman of the Year award. In her rookie season with CSUN, Glover ranks among the Big West Conference's leaders in multiple offensive categories. Originally from Los Angeles, Glover is sixth in batting average (.375), fourth in slugging (.591) and seventh in on-base percentage (.427). She leads the Big West with 48 RBIs and six triples, the most by a Matador in the program's Division I era. Glover is also second in the league with 104 total bases and 39 runs scored while checking in at third in hits with 66. Glover earned Big West Player of the Week honors after she batted .533 with three runs scored, five RBIs and two stolen bases as CSUN went 4-0 in games vs. Utah State and LMU. The rookie had a team-best 19 multi-hit games this season and also has 11 multi-RBI games, including three four-RBI performances, and owned a 17-game hitting streak at one point during the season On the basepaths, Glover ranks third in the Big West with 18 stolen bases, two short of establishing a new program Division I record. In the series at UC Riverside, she became the 29th Matador in program history to hit two home runs in a game.

Hooper Drives the Boat Chief

Freshman Katie Hooper has had a strong start to her college career in 2014. The rookie from Sun Valley, Calif., is batting .302 with a team-high 11 doubles, which ranks tied for third in the Big West, on the season. She is second on the team in RBIs with 34, which is sixth in the league, and leads the team with 16 walks. In a win over Boise State, she became the 28th Matador in program history to hit two home runs in a game. She also has three stolen bases, 14 runs scored and a triple on the year. She scored a career-high three runs in a win over Grand Canyon and has had 14 two-hit games. Hooper is second on the Matadors with nine multi-RBI games, including a career-high four RBIs in the win over Boise State.

Linn-Sanity Comes to CSUN

Junior Abby Linn sports a .321 batting average heading into the Matadors' games this week. For the season, Linn has scored 28 runs, collected 53 hits and has two doubles. She is tied for seventh in the conference in hits. After posting zero triples in her first two seasons, Linn has produced three three-baggers to rank tied for sixth in the Big West Conference. Linn is second on the Matadors in multi-hit games with 15, including four three-hit performances. She scored a career-high four runs in a victory over Boise State and led the Matadors with nine base hits at the Kajikawa Classic, batting .526 with two runs and a stolen base. She batted .412 with a double, a triple and two runs scored in five games at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic. She has 19 steals in her Matador career and they have come in 19 different games.

Bachman Toerner Overdrive

Junior Kaitlin Toerner has made the transition from junior college softball to Division I seamlessly in her first season at CSUN. After spending her first two seasons at Bakersfield College, Toerner is batting .319 in 50 games this season. She adds to that 23 runs scored, a double, seven RBIs and 12 stolen bases, which is the fourth-most in the Big West. Toerner leads the team with eight sacrifice bunts, a total that ranks tied for sixth in the Big West Conference. She has had two three-hit games, scored two runs twice and had a season-high two RBIs twice. She is tied for fourth on the team with 10 multi-hit games this year and Toerner has a season-high two steals in three games as well.

The Mitchell Report

Sophomore Maylynn Mitchell enters the weekend with a .267 batting average. Mitchell had a season-high two RBIs and a stolen base in CSUN's win at Bakersfield on April 9. She smashed her third home run of the season in a win over Boise State while also tying a career high with two runs scored in the contest. She hit the first two home runs of her CSUN career at the Kajikawa Classic, going deep against Colorado State and Seattle. For the year, Mitchell checks in with 20 runs, 11 RBIs and three stolen bases. She earned All-Big West Honorable Mention honors in 2013 after a solid rookie year for the Matadors. Originally from Seattle, Wash., Mitchell batted .280 with 13 runs, four doubles, 14 RBIs, three sac bunts and two stolen bases.

It's Not Just Great, It's Pofek

Freshman Daphne Pofek has come on strong lately for the Matadors in the pitching circle. A freshman from Riverside, Calif., Pofek is 5-5 on the season with two saves and a 3.51  ERA. She picked up the first two saves of her career and a win over Pacific and against Utah State, she tossed a career-high eight innings and totaled a career-high six strikeouts. She picked up first career win with 4.2 innings of one-hit relief work in a victory over Georgetown. She ranks eighth in the Big West in ERA and ninth in opponent batting average (.286). Pofek is also batting .174 at the plate and had a career-high two hits and two RBIs in the victory over Toledo.

Taylor the Nate

Freshman Taylor Nate is batting .301 on the year in 46 games this season. She has three home runs on the year, including a grand slam in a victory over Grand Canyon, and is third on the squad with 26 RBIs on the season. She has 10 multi-hit games on the year, including a career-high three hits in the second victory over the LMU Lions. She also has five multi-RBI games on the year, five doubles and seven stolen bases. She recorded a career-high two stolen bases in the game one victory at UC Riverside. Nate has scored 17 runs and sports a .932 fielding percentage in 147 defensive chances.

Learn Your Times Tables

CSUN batters have totaled 97 multi-hit and 37 multi-RBI games in 2014. Freshman Taylor Glover leads the team with 19 multi-hit games this year, including a career-high four hits against Western Michigan. Junior Abby Linn is second on the team with 15 multi-hit games and has four three-hit performances to her credit in 2014. Three new players to the Matador roster in 2014 (Taylor Nate, Katie Hooper and Kaitlin Toerner) are right behind Linn with Hooper checking in with 14 multi-hit games all of the two-hit variety. Toerner has 10 multi-hit games, including three three-hit performances, while Nate also has 10 to her credit including a three-hit game. Glover also leads the team in multi-RBI games with 12, including three four-RBI performances. Hooper is second on the squad with nine multi-RBI games and she and Nate have registered a four-RBI game this year.

Basepaths Beware

CSUN has stolen 67 bases in 54 games this season, the second-most thefts in the Big West Conference. The 67 steals have established a new program Division-I single-season record, surpassing the 2009 squad's 62. Individually, Taylor Glover leads the team and ranks third in the league with 18 stolen bases. She needs two more steals to set a new program single-season Division I record. Junior Kaitlin Toerner is second on the team with 12 stolen bases, the fourth-most in the conference. She has had a season-high two steals in three different games this season. Carissa Sherman is third on the team with 11 to rank tied for fifth in the league. She and Glover also have a two-steal game to their credit in 2014. Abby Linn checks in with eight steals, Taylor Nate adds seven and three other Matadors have at least two.

We're All Making Sacrifices around Here

CSUN has recorded 40 sacrifice bunts through its first 54 games of 2014 with Kaitlin Toerner leading the squad with eight. That total is tied for sixth in the Big West Conference and as a team, CSUN is sixth in the league. In 2013, the Matadors finished second in the Big West Conference with 62 sacrifice bunts. Among the returning players, Abby Linn had seven last year and owns 10 for career. Bindi had six last year and owns a team-high 15 for her career. Over the past five years, CSUN has averaged over 51 sacrifice bunts per season. During that span, CSUN has finished no worse than fourth among all Big West clubs in the category. 

Double or Triple Your Pleasure

Fourteen different Matadors have recorded a double in 2014 thus far, led by Katie Hooper's 11 on the year. Taylor Glover is second on the team with eight and with 47 doubles in 54 games, CSUN is seventh in the Big West Conference. In 2013, CSUN smashed 65 doubles, which tied for second in the Big West Conference and represented 30 more than they had in 2012. Surprisingly, all the extra-base hits last year produced just two triples, both coming off the bat of Tanna Bindi. This year, the Matadors are tied for third in the conference with 11 triples. Taylor Glover owns more than half that total (6), the most in the Big West and the most by a Matador in the program's Division I era. Abby Linn has the first three of her CSUN career and Bindi picked up the third of her career in CSUN's win over Portland State. The 11 triples are the most by a Matador team since the 2000 season.

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