NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---
Cal State Northridge freshman Taylor Glover was named one of 25 finalists for the inaugural National Fastpitch Coaches Association Freshman of the Year award, the NFCA announced on April 17. Glover, one of three rookies to make the list from the Big West Conference, leads the Matadors in multiple offensive categories while starting all 45 games in 2014.
Originally from Los Angeles, Calif., and Mira Costa High School, Glover is batting a team-high .389 on the season. She also leads CSUN in slugging percentage (.591), on-base percentage (.439), runs (31), hits (58), triples (5), home runs (4), RBIs (38) and stolen bases (16).
Among batters in the Big West Conference, Glover ranks in the top 10 in batting average, slugging, on-base percentage, runs, hits, doubles and stolen bases. She ranks among the top three in the league in triples, stolen bases and RBIs.
Glover needs just four more stolen bases to set a new program Division-I record for a single season. She had a team-high 17-game hitting streak during the year and leads the Matadors with 17 multi-hit games and nine multi-RBI games.
She had a career-high four hits in a game vs. Western Michigan and has knocked in a career-high four RBIs on two occasions. Glover stole a career-high two bases in a win over Grand Canyon.
Glover is one of three Big West student-athletes to be named to the list. She joins Cal Poly's Sierra Hyland and UC Santa Barbara's Kristen Clark.
The list will be pared to 10 on May 8 and the three top candidates will be announced before the start of the 2014 postseason on May 22. The award will be announced on May 27 prior to the opening ceremony of the 2014 Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City.