The PioSphere Weekly Forecast

The Weekly Forecast
PioSphere Reporter Josh Landry

Pioneer Performance: The men’s tennis Pioneers propelled themselves to .500 on the season and remained undefeated in HCAC play with an 8-1 win over Manchester University at home on Saturday. Winning in straight sets in all but one match, the Pioneers performed well all around, with solid freshmen contributions from Joshua Buckman and Zachary Meikle. Men’s tennis is back-in-action again when they host Indiana University East at 3pm on Wednesday.

Matchup of the Week: This Tuesday, starting at 3:30, the Transylvania softball team will host Hanover College in a doubleheader at Hall Field. Although they are 7-17 on the season, the Pioneers are off to a 5-3 start in HCAC play and can really jump up in conference standings against the Panthers (who are 4-2 against conference opponents). The two seniors, Megan Mitchell and Michelle Ladanyi, have led the Pioneers in batting average and RBIs this season, and their leadership will be invaluable if the team is to take both games.

The PioSphere Weekly Forecast

The Weekly Forecast
PioSphere Reporter Josh Landry

Pioneer Performance: The entire men’s lacrosse team earns the “Pioneer Performance” this week, as they defeated Elmhurst College 14-4 at home on Friday. That was the team’s last home game of their inaugural season, and they finished at an undefeated 6-0 (currently 7-4 overall). With three games left on the season, the Pioneers need one more win to finish over .500 in their first season, and their next game comes Wednesday at rival Centre College.

Matchup of the Week: Sitting at 9-9 on the season, and 3-3 in HCAC play, the baseball Pioneers will look to improve their record when they host conference opponent Hanover College this Tuesday. This game comes after a tough double-header at Manchester University, where the Pioneers dropped both games. With three out of the last four Pioneer losses coming by only one run, look for Transy to improve their luck on Tuesday.

Player to Watch: After being named HCAC Golfer of the Week for the week ending on March 18th, look for Jantzen Latham to lead the Pioneers as they compete in the Emory Invitational on Monday. This comes after Transylvania Golf was named 12th in the newest Golf World/ Nike Golf Coaches’ Poll, up four spots from the last poll.

The PioSphere Weekly Forecast

The Weekly Forecast
PioSphere Reporter Josh Landry

Pioneer Performance: This week’s award is a bit unorthodox but nonetheless impressive; Transylvania had four student athletes named to the HCAC All-Academic Team for the Winter 2012 semester, which requires a 3.5 GPA or above. The four chosen were Kayla Dobson (Basketball), Elizabeth Hardt (Track and Field), Lydia Lissanu (Women’s Swimming), and Ben Lyvers (Track and Field). Congratulations go to the Pioneers who perform both on and off the field.

Matchup of the Week: This Tuesday at 4 p.m. the men’s tennis tream travels to Centre College, while the women’s team will host the Colonels at Transy in the only matchup against Centre for both teams this season. After a win over Franklin College on Saturday, the 3-4 men’s team will have a chance to bring themselves up to .500 against their rivals, while the women’s team can pull back above .500 after a rough spring break road trip.

Player to Watch: Early into their inaugural season, the women’s lacrosse team will travel to Danville on Wednesday for their first rivalry game against the Centre Colonels. Five games into the season, Freshman Aubrey Bausum is leading the Pioneers offensively, averaging seven goals per game. Look for this trend to continue on Wednesday at 6 p.m. if the Pioneers are to keep from falling to an even 3-3 on the season.

The PioSphere Weekly Forecast

The Weekly Forecast
PioSphere Reporter Josh Landry

Pioneer Performance: Transylvania Golf spent their spring break competing in the Jekyll Invitational, hosted by Oglethorpe University, in Jekyll Island, Georgia and finished fifth among a field of thirty teams. This week’s honors go to Pioneer Jantzen Latham, who finished in the top five among individual scores for the weekend, and earned All-Tournament Honors with a final score of 220 (four over par for the 54-hole competition).

Matchup of the Week: Both the men and women’s Tennis Pioneers host Wittenburg University this Tuesday at 4pm. This is only the fourth home match for the women’s team (who have a 2-1 record at Transy) and they will seek to pull themselves closer to .500 and end their current seven-game losing streak on Tuesday. Still early in their season, this is the first true home match for the men’s team, who will also aim to move closer to .500 against Wittenburg.

Player to Watch: The Softball Pioneers will play host to Thomas More College in a double-header that is also the team’s first home game of the season on Wednesday afternoon. Leading the team in batting average and hits, Junior Chelsea Meiners and the leadership she brings will be invaluable if the Pioneers are to be successful after a tough spring break tournament in Florida. Head out to support the Pioneers at 3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., or both on Wednesday.

PioSphere Weekly Forecast

The Weekly Forecast
PioSphere Reporter Josh Landry

Pioneer Performance: Both the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams claimed the first wins of their respective program histories during this past week. On Wednesday, the men bettered Alma College 7-6 at home (at Bryan Station) and went on to a two game win streak when they topped Beloit 10-9 Sunday, bringing them to 2-2 on the season. The women’s team played the first game of their program’s history at Wilmington College in Ohio and won a resounding victory 16-2.

Matchup of the Week: This Thursday at 4pm both the men and women’s tennis teams will square off against rival Centre College. The Pioneer women will be travelling to Danville for the matchup but the men will remain at home to take on the Colonels. Both teams remain winless early on in their seasons, and need to capitalize on this opportunity to claim a win over Centre to gain some valuable momentum.

Player to Watch: Currently 2-1 on the season, the Baseball Pioneers will head to Centre College to face the Colonels at 6pm on Tuesday. Junior Catcher Sam Liggett leads the team in both batting average and slugging percentage three games into the team’s young season, and his continued efforts will be essential if the Pioneers hope to remain above .500 on Tuesday by topping the Colonels.

The PioSphere Weekly Forecast

The Weekly Forecast
PioSphere Reporter Josh Landry

Pioneer Performance: The Transylvania Equestrian team had arguably their best showing of the year over the past weekend at the Hunt/Seat event hosted by UK at Lakeside Arena in Lexington. Specifically, Kate Hindman and Ashley Montgomery performed exceptionally, with Hindman competing in Intermediate Fence and Open Flat (finishing fourth and fifth respectively) and Montgomery placing first in her class in Beginner Walk Trot Canter.

Matchup of the Week: The baseball Pioneers look to bounce back from their loss to Birmingham as they travel to rival Centre on Wednesday night at 5:30pm. A pair of juniors (Sam Liggett and Zach Bynum) have jumped out to lead the team offensively early in the season, and look to continue the trend against the 2-3 Colonels.

Player to Watch: The Pioneers lacrosse squad will look for their first win of the season against Alma College, here in Lexington at Bryan Station High School. Clay Douthat leads the team in both goals (with three in two games) and shots on goal and the Pioneers will need his contribution to continue as they look for the victory this Wednesday at 4 p.m.

The PioSphere Weekly Forecast

The Weekly Forecast
PioSphere Reporter Josh Landry

Pioneer Performance: This week features a pair of swimmers at this past weekend’s Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) Championships: Junior Carly Hubbard broke her personal record with a 2:08.44 and a second place finish in the 200 Butterfly. Senior Amanda Skinner finished first with 2:27.51 in the 200 Breaststroke. Both received All-Conference recognition for their top-three finishes, and the women’s team overall earned fourth place, with the men in fifth by weekend’s end.

Matchup of the Week: Beyond the pool, Transylvania is awash in a sea of sports for the next seven days. First, men’s basketball opens the HCAC tournament at 7:30 p.m. in the Beck Center on Tuesday, facing Mt. St. Joseph, while the women’s team (with a 1st place finish in the HCAC) will wait until Saturday at 3 p.m. to host the winner of Manchester v. Defiance. Second, Transy has season openers from both men and women’s tennis (vs. Piedmont College), as well as baseball and softball (who both play doubleheaders) on Saturday. Men’s lacrosse also plays its second game in the program’s history at Bridgewater College at 1 p.m. on the same day.

Player(s) to Watch: The men’s basketball Pioneers have seven seniors heading into their final HCAC tournament this Tuesday. With three of those players comprising the top three scorers, as well as seniors leading the team in every other major stat category, they make up the heart of the team facing Mt. St. Joseph.

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