Taylor Glover, Brianna Elder Earn NFCA All-West Region Honors
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---
CSUN freshman Taylor Glover earned National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-West Region First Team Honors, the NFCA announced Thursday. Junior Brianna Elder received All-West Region Third Team honors and she and Glover became the Matadors' first all-region selections since the 2007 season.
Glover is the first CSUN field player since 2004 to earn NFCA All-Region First Team honors. Earlier this week, she received All-Big West First Team and Big West All-Freshman Team awards.
"It is hitting all me at once, but it is cool to earn the honor. I put in a lot of hard work this year, so I am happy to see the payoff. It just gets me hungry and looking forward to more in the future," Glover said.
Glover had a sensational debut campaign for CSUN. A Top 25 Finalist for the NCFA Freshman of the Year, Glover led the Matadors in multiple offensive categories. Her 48 RBIs were the most by a Matador since 1994, her 39 runs scored the most since 1995 and her 68 hits the most since 1996.
A freshman from Los Angeles, Glover set a new program Division-I record with six triples and tied the D-I program mark with 19 stolen bases. She led CSUN with 19 multi-hit games and 12 multi-RBI performances during the year and earned Big West Player of the Week honors once.
Elder is the first Matador pitcher since 2001 to earn NFCA All-Region honors. She earned All-Big West First Team honors earlier in the week, becoming just the third Matador pitcher since 2001 to earn All-Big West First Team honors.
"I am still a little speechless about all this, but I am honored and happy to receive all the awards," Elder said. "I put in a lot of hard work this year and it is great to see it pay off. None of it would have been possible without the work and help of my teammates and coaches. I want to congratulate Taylor on a fantastic season as well."
She finished the year 22-12 with a 2.58 ERA and 134 strikeouts in 193 innings of work. Elder is CSUN's first 20-game winner since the 2001 season and her innings pitched, complete games (18) and shutouts (5) were the most by a Matador since 2008.
During the year, Elder struck out a career-high 13 batters in a win over Portland State after fanning 11 in a win over Oregon State. She won Big West Pitcher of the Week three times during the season and factored in 25 of the Matadors' 31 wins on the year as she recorded her first three career saves.
Matador head coach Tairia Flowers saw the honors as a deserving award for both Matadors.
"Through the combination of their hard work, serving as good teammates and the effort of their teammates besides them, it is nice to see it all come together," Flowers said.