Turkoly, Gallaway and Stewartson earn honors
Lady Techsters place six players on all-state team
LA Tech softball pitching coach has made a difference in the staff
Duran spent her first year on the LA Tech staff working closely with veteran Lady Techster pitching coach Mike Forsythe to learn the nuances of handling a collegiate staff. She was also in charge of the outfielders on a LA Tech team that captured the Conference USA Tournament title and participated in the program’s first NCAA Regional since 2008.
It was a great year to learn as Duran helped coach a Tech pitching staff that included a pair of all-conference hurlers in first teamer Krystal De La Cruz and second teamer Preslee Gallaway along with Bailey Allen (2016 all-CUSA) and freshman Jenny Chapman.
De La Cruz, who was named the C-USA Newcomer of the Year in 2017, and Gallaway became the first LA Tech pitching duo to earn all-conference honors in the same season in program history.
Under Duran and Forsythe’s leadership, the LA Tech staff tossed 18 shutouts (the most since 1999), including eight in C-USA regular season games and 1-0 shutout wins over WKU and FIU in the C-USA Tournament title run.
Despite playing a schedule that included 11 games vs. Power 5 teams, the LA Tech staff combined for a 2.48 earned run average – the third lowest in the last 20 years.
“I thought Bianca did a great job in her first year on our staff,” said Montgomery. “Her and Mike really worked well together and Bianca grew a lot as a young pitching coach. She has a great repertoire with the players. I think her future is bright in this profession.”
During her two years as a player in Ruston in 2014 and 2015, Duran helped elevate the Lady Techster program. As a senior she earned first team all-Mideast Region honors by the NFCA and was named to the Conference USA All-Tournament team.
Her career offensive totals in Ruston included a .295 batting average with 20 doubles, 11 home runs and 58 RBIs while she recorded a 20-32 record in the circle with a 3.25 earned run average. As a senior she was 14-13 with a 2.78 ERA and led the Lady Techsters to a 30-plus win season.
During her two years at Western Nebraska Community College, Duran set the program record for career home runs (40), single season home runs (23), single season doubles (29), single season batting average (.545), single season hits (110), career wins and single season wins (36). She earned Region 9 Freshman of the Year and All-Region 9 honors as a freshman and Region 9 Pitcher and Player of the Year honors as a sophomore.
After earning her bachelor's degree from LA Tech in May of 2015, Duran spent 2016 as an assistant coach at California State University Stanislaus State where she worked directly with the pitchers and catchers while also assisting with the hitters.
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