@LATechSB Lands Three on NFCA All-Region Team
May 17, 2018
RUSTON, La. – Louisiana Tech junior outfielder Morgan Turkoly earned first team all-Mideast Region honors by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Thursday while teammates Preslee Gallaway and Sloane Stewartson were both named to the third team.
Turkoly joined Florida Atlantic’s Emily Lochten as the only two Conference USA players to earn first team honors while a total of 15 league players landed on an all-region team. Florida Atlantic led the way with four while LA Tech was second with three.
The awards honor softball student-athletes from the Association’s 10 regions with first, second and third-team selections. NFCA member coaches from each respective region voted on the teams, and all the honorees now become eligible for selection to the 2018 NFCA Division I All-American squads. The 2018 NFCA Division I All-America teams will be announced at approximately 5 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, May 30, via NFCA.org.
Turkoly, who earned third team honors as a freshman and sophomore, was one of three outfielders named to the Mideast Region first team after a junior campaign that saw her voted Conference USA Player of the Year.
The Sanger, Texas, native is the program’s first first-team all-region honoree since current Lady Techster assistant coach Bianca Duran earned the honor in 2015. Turkoly ranked among the league leaders in numerous statistical categories, including batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, runs, doubles, walks, and stolen bases. She ended the season with a program record 43-game reach base safely streak, the third longest in the nation.
Gallaway received her first ever all-region honor after earning the Conference USA Pitcher of the Year award. The Pilot Point, Texas, native posted an 18-8 record with a 2.43 earned run average while leading all conference pitchers in league wins with 10. She also posted complete-game shutouts victories over Top 25 Texas State and FIU.
Stewartson picked up third team honors after a rookie campaign that saw her earn a spot on the Conference USA all-Freshman Team. The Castle Pines, Colorado, native batted .359 with 42 hits, four doubles, five home runs and 29 RBI.
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