NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---
After becoming CSUN's first 20-game winner since 2001, Brianna Elder was named the Big West Pitcher of the Week the league office announced Monday. Last week, Elder went 2-0 with a 0.52 ERA as CSUN swept the season series with UC Riverside for the second-straight year.
At 20-8, Elder is CSUN's first 20-game winner since Sarah Farnworth went 25-16 in 2001. She tossed her fourth shutout and 17th complete game of the season in CSUN's 8-0 victory in game one. In Sunday's finale, Elder went 6.1 and allowed one earned run with five strikeouts.
"It is pretty cool to win the award and to have reached 20 wins, but I want more," Elder said. "Since the end of last season, I have set out to be this team's ace in the circle. I have it written on the mirror in my room and it is the mindset that I have adopted this season."
In addition to the 20 victories in the circle, Elder has 117 strikeouts, the most by a Matador since the 2008 campaign. In 163.2 innings of work this season, she has held opponents to a .229 batting average.
Among pitchers in the Big West, Elder is second in wins, second in ERA, second in opponent batting average and third in strikeout. She is also tied for the league lead with three saves on the season.
This is the third time during the 2014 season that Elder has earned Big West Pitcher of the Week honors. She also earned the award after CSUN won a series with UC Davis and when the Matadors went 4-0 in games with Utah State and LMU.
Elder and the Matadors return to action this weekend with a home series against Long Beach State. CSUN and LBSU will play a doubleheader on Saturday, April 26 and a single game on April 27. Both days will start at noon at Matador Diamond.