Five Matadors Named to 2014 All-Big West Softball Team
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---
A total of five Matadors were named to the 2014 All-Big West Softball team, as voted upon by the league's head coaches. Junior Brianna Elder and freshman Taylor Glover received First Team honors while junior Abby Linn and freshman Katie Hooper earned Honorable Mention awards.Taylor Nate then joined Glover and Hooper on the Big West All-Freshman team.
Elder is just the third Matador pitcher since 2001 to earn All-Big West First Team honors. 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.
Glover had a sensational debut campaign for CSUN. A Top 25 Finalist for the National Fastpitch Coaches Association 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.
Linn enjoyed a solid junior season with the squad, setting numerous career highs in the process. She finished with a .318 batting average, 55 hits and 29 runs scored. After going her first two seasons without a triple, she produced three in 2014 to finish among the league leaders.
Hooper also had an impressive freshman season for Northridge. The rookie led the Matadors with 11 doubles and her 36 RBIs also placed her among the league leaders. She had 15 multi-hit games during the year and led the Matadors with a .350 batting average against Big West oppositition.
Nate was the third Matador rookie to earn All-Big West honors in 2014, joining Glover and Hooper on the Big West All-Freshman Team. Nate played all over the diamond in 2014 and finished third on the squad with five doubles and 26 RBIs.
Fourth-year head coach Tairia Flowers was proud to see the five honored for their 2014 performances.
"I am proud of the five girls honored today. Their selections are a credit to the time, effort and execution they put in throughout the year. Softball is always a team effort, but these five having outstanding seasons elevates the program," Flowers said.