Gallaway, @LATechSB Shuts Down Utah State
April 28, 2018
MCKINNEY, Texas – Junior Preslee Gallaway tossed 6.2 innings of shutout softball leading Louisiana Tech to a 2-0 win over Utah State Saturday afternoon in front of a capacity crowd at Craig Ranch.
With the victory, Louisiana Tech (33-18) swept the two-game non-conference series and won for the 17th time in the last 18 games.
Gallaway was dominate in the circle once again. The Pilot Point, Texas native allowed just four base runners in the game – three hits and one walk – while striking out eight batters in picking up her 17th victory of the season. Sophomore Jenny Chapman pitched to one batter in the seventh inning, recording a fly out of Riley Plogger, before Gallaway re-entered to register the final two outs.
The Tech defense provided plenty of support for Gallaway, including a pair of highlight reel grabs in the outfield by Morgan Turkoly and Jazlyn Crowder. Turkoly made a diving grab in foul territory in left field for the final out of the first inning.
Crowder made one of the most spectacular catches of the softball season when she robbed Bailey Trapp of extra bases on a diving grab in left centerfield at the warning track leading off the top of the fifth inning.
It marked only the third shutout tossed against Utah State (17-29) this season.
Offensively, Tech found a way to plate a pair of runs on only four hits in the game as Aggies starter Delaney Hull kept the Lady Techsters off balance
Tech took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. Crowder doubled down the right field line to start the inning. Ali Galaz then grounded out to third base. On the play, Crowder took third and then scored when USU first baseman Bailey Lewis threw it away trying to throw out Crowder at third base.
The Lady Techsters upped the advantage to 2-0 in the third inning. With two outs, Sloane Stewartson singled to left field followed by walks by Crowder and Galaz to load the bases. Bayli Simon then singled off the glove of Hull, scoring pinch runner Kailey Anderson from third base.
Utah State tried to answer in the fourth inning with a leadoff single by Leah Molina. However, Gallaway induced a ground ball back to the circle off the bat of Plogger starting a 1-4-3 double play to erase the runner.
The Aggies brought the tying run to the plate in the seventh on a one-out flare double down the right field line by Brina Buttacavolli before Gallaway recorded back-to-back strikeouts to end the game.
Morgan Turkoly walked in the top of the first inning to extend her streak of consecutive games reach base safely to 37 contests, the longest in Conference USA this season.
Crowder, Simon, Marilyn Rizzato and Stewartson each recorded a hit in the win.
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