@LATechSB Turkoly, Gallaway Make History
May 8, 2018
CHAROTTE, North Carolina – Louisiana Tech’s Morgan Turkoly and Preslee Gallaway made history Tuesday as the Lady Techster duo were named Conference USA Player and Pitcher of the Year by a vote of the league coaches.
Gallaway becomes the first LA Tech pitcher to earn a conference pitcher of the year honor while Turkoly becomes just the second Lady Techster to earn the player of the year award, joining former shortstop Amberly Waits (Western Athletic Conference, 2009).
Turkoly becomes just the fifth Lady Techster to earn all-conference honors three times in their careers, joining Brittany Stanley, Emma Barnes, Amberly Waits and Meghan Krieg. She earns her second straight first team honor after earning second team accolades as a true freshman. She enters this week’s Conference USA Tournament with a 40-game streak of reaching base safely, one of the top three streaks in the country.
The Sanger, Texas, native batted .414 with 12 doubles, four home runs, 26 RBI, 42 runs, 18 stolen bases and 38 walks during the season. She led Conference USA in batting average, on-base percentage (.548) and walk to strikeout margin (+28) while also ranking in the top 10 in runs, slugging percentage, walks, doubles, and stolen bases.
After earning second team honors last year, Gallaway picked up her inaugural first team spot this year after posting a 17-8 record with a 2.41 earned run average. She recorded nine straight wins – eight in C-USA play – at one point during the season and registered complete-game shutout wins over Top 25 Texas State and C-USA foes FIU, UTSA and UAB.
The Pilot Point, Texas, native ranked No. 1 in conference wins (10), No. 2 in total wins (17), No. 5 in ERA, No. 4 in strikeouts (140), No. 8 in innings pitched, No. 6 in batters struck out looking, No. 5 appearances and No. 4 in saves. Gallaway is the third different LA Tech pitcher to earn first team all-conference honors over the last three years, joining senior Bailey Allen (2016) and junior Krystal De La Cruz (2017).
Rizzato earned her spot on the second team after a stellar sophomore campaign that saw her develop into one of the top defensive catchers in the country. The Forney, Texas, native allowed just seven stolen bases (threw out 13) all season while allowing only one stolen base in league play. The 13 opposing players that Rizzato threw out trying to steal were a combined 0-for-13 vs. Rizzato but 183-of-216 vs. the rest of the country.
In league-only play, Rizzato batted .354 for the Lady Techsters – the second highest mark on the team – with five doubles, nine walks and only five strikeouts.
Stewartson becomes the eighth Techster to earn a spot on the Conference USA All-Freshman Team with the program getting at least one all five years in the league. The Castle Pines, Colorado, native hit .367 this season with four doubles, four home runs and 26 RBI.
She ranked second on the team in batting average, home runs, RBI and slugging percentage and third in hits with 40. One of her four home runs came against first team all-CUSA pitcher and last year’s C-USA Pitcher of the Year Shannon Saile from FIU.
North Texas outfielder Katie Clark was named C-USA Newcomer of the Year while Marshall designated player Aly Harrell was named Freshman of the Year. Florida Atlantic head coach Joan Joyce earned the league’s Coach of the Year award.
Middle Tennessee led the league with five all-conference selections while Marshall and FIU each had four honorees.
Player of the Year: Morgan Turkoly, Louisiana Tech
Pitcher of the Year: Preslee Gallaway, Louisiana Tech
Newcomer of the Year: Katie Clark, North Texas
Freshman of the Year: Aly Harrell, Marshall
Coach of the Year: Joan Joyce, Florida Atlantic
All-Conference USA First Team
C - Taylor McCord, Marshall
C - Morgan Harris, Middle Tennessee
INF - Courtney Clayton, UTEP
INF - Emily Lochten, Florida Atlantic
INF - Natalie Erwin, UAB
INF - Haley Pace, Charlotte
INF - Kasandra Castle, FIU
OF - Madisyn Palmer, Florida Atlantic
OF - Morgan Turkoly, Louisiana Tech
OF - Jackie Schoff, FIU
OF - Bailee Baldwin, UTSA
DP/Utility - Aly Harrell, Marshall
P - Shannon Saile, FIU
P - Preslee Gallaway, Louisiana Tech
P - Cori Jennings, Middle Tennessee
All-Conference USA Second Team
C - Marilyn Rizzato, Louisiana Tech
C - Samantha Papp, Southern Miss
INF - Elicia D’Orazio, Marshall
INF - Lacy Gregory, North Texas
INF - Lexi Cushing, Middle Tennessee
INF - Jessica Rivera, FIU
INF - Summer Burgess, Middle Tennessee
OF - Destini England, UAB
OF - Katie Clark, North Texas
OF - Jordan Colliflower, Marshall
OF - Precious Birdsong, Middle Tennessee
DP/Utility - Ciara Cherry, Southern Miss
P - Tatum Buckley, Florida Atlantic
P - Hope Trautwein, North Texas
P - Haley Wiseman, Charlotte
Conference USA All-Freshman Team
Aly Harrell, Marshall
Hope Trautwein, North Texas
Sloane Stewartson, Louisiana Tech
Jordan Thomas, WKU
Emily Kachel, UAB
Amber Baldwin, Middle Tennessee
Venessa Gallegos, FIU
Ashlynn Walls, UTSA
Destini Brown, Southern Miss
Ariana Valles, UTEP
Shelby Nunn, WKU
Maddie Bowlds, WKU
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