Elder, CSUN Remain Sharp in Victory over Harvard
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---
Junior Brianna Elder picked up her 13th win and 11th complete game of the season as the Cal State Northridge softball team (18-9) defeated Harvard 4-1 Thursday afternoon at Matador Diamond. At the plate, Taylor Glover belted her fourth triple of the season, three other Matadors recorded RBIs and the Matadors improved to 9-1 at home this season.
Aside from a two-out solo home run in the top of the fourth, Elder (13-3) continued to impress. She scattered four hits and finished with three strikeouts and no walks. The Big West Pitcher of the Week, Elder now owns a 1.97 ERA and 85 strikeouts in 96 innings of work.
Glover, the Big West Player of the Week, leads the club with a .419 batting average and 21 runs on the season. She and Hooper are tied for the team lead with 20 RBIs.
After the Crimson closed to within a run, CSUN struck for two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Taylor Nate singled to right and scored on Maylynn Mitchell's ground-rule double. Carissa Sherman then plated Mitchell with an RBI single to right field.
Sherman finished the game with a career-high two hits. Mitchell also had two hits and Linn recorded her fifth stolen base of the season. The Matadors are now 12-1 over their last 13 and have four games remaining this weekend at Matador Diamond.
On Friday, Mar. 21, the Matadors will face the Bakersfield Roadrunners at 2 p.m. On Saturday, CSUN faces its former Big West rival in the Pacific Tigers also at 2 p.m. Finally, on Sunday, Mar. 23, the Matadors play Pacific at 11:30 a.m. followed by Bakersfield at 2 p.m.