@LATechSB Lands 5 on LSWA All-State Team
June 3, 2018
RUSTON – Louisiana Tech junior outfielder Morgan Turkoly and freshman designated player Sloane Stewartson were both named first team all-state by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association while three other Lady Techsters garnered second team and honorable mention honors.
It marks the first time since 2013 that the Lady Techsters placed two players on the all-state first team. Tech joined Nicholls State and Louisiana-Lafayette with the second most members on the first team this year while McNeese State led the way with three.
The specialty awards were scattered throughout the state as McNeese State third baseman Erica Piancastelli was named Hitter of the Year while LSU’s Alli Walljasper earned Pitcher of the Year.
Northwestern State second baseman Cayla Jones earned the Freshman of the Year honor while UL-Lafayette shortstop Alissa Dalton was named Newcomer of the Year. Nicholls State coach Angel Santiago was named Coach of the Year for the second time in three seasons.
Turkoly picked up her third straight all-state honor (her inaugural first team selection) after earning the Conference USA Player of the Year award following an outstanding junior campaign. The Sanger, Texas, native batted .409 with 65 hits in 159 at bats, totaling 13 doubles, one triple and four home runs. Scored 46 runs and drove in 26 while drawing 41 walks and only striking out 11 times. She ended the season with a program record 43-game reach base safely streak, third longest in the country.
Stewartson earned her spot on the first team after a rookie campaign that saw her bat .359 with 42 hits in 117 at bats, totaling four doubles and five home runs. The Castle Pines, Colorado, native had 29 RBI and seven runs. Some of her top performances came against the toughest competition including a three-hit effort against Top 25 Oregon State and a pair of home runs in a doubleheader sweep over FIU. She earned Conference USA all-Freshman Team honors.
Atienza was a spark plug at the top of the Tech line over the second half of the season. The Texarkana, Texas, native batted .313 with 35 hits in 112 at bats, totaling six doubles, two triples and four home runs. She scored 32 runs and drove in 12 runs while walking 28 times. She was 12-of-15 in stolen bases and recorded a team-best 14-game hit streak in C-USA action.
Gallaway earned honorable mention honors despite being named the C-USA Pitcher of the Year in 2018. The Pilot Point, Texas, native was 18-8 with a 2.43 earned run average and two saves in the circle. She worked 173.0 innings allowing 157 hits and 51 walks while registering 144 strikeouts. She recorded complete-game wins over Top 25 ranked foes in Texas State and James Madison while tying her career-high with 12 Ks in complete game shutout vs. UTSA.
Rizzato, a second team all-CUSA selection this year, earned honorable mention honors after a sophomore campaign that saw her bat .273 with 33 hits, including seven doubles. The Forney, Texas, native was one of the best defensive catchers in the country, allowing just 10 stolen bases all season while throwing out 14 of 24 base stealers. She also recorded five pickoffs.
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