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: 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.

Tacket aims high for softball program at Transylvania

by Abby Fergusson
Sports Editor

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Kim Tackett, the newly hired head softball coach, comes out of an elite Division III program at Muskingum University.

Transylvania athletics made another coaching move for the 2012 season with the addition of head softball coach Kim Tackett.

Tackett was a Muskingum University All-American, where she played for the late Donna Newberry, who was the winningest NCAA Division III coach in her 36-year career.

While at Muskingum, Tackett was a four-year starter at both second base and center field. She was a three-time All-Region performer and was named a second-team All-American in 2005.

During her career Muskingum won four conference championships and four conference tournament championships, three regional championships and went to the Division III College World Series three times.

Prior to her hire at Transy, Tackett was an assistant coach at John Carroll University for three years, where she helped the school to its first Ohio Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament championships. The team’s success led to an OAC Coaching Staff of the Year honor in 2010.
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PIONEER SOFTBALL: Strong Upperclass Presence Heads TU Roster

by Abby Ferguson
Staff

The 2011 softball season is in full swing, and with that comes a more experienced Transylvania team. The Pioneers have seven seniors, six juniors and three sophomores on this year’s roster. Half of these returning players were on the All-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference team in 2010. Read more of this post

Quick Hits

by Andrew Owen
Staff Writer

● Transy’s softball team wielded red-hot bats Sunday against Hanover despite overcast and rainy weather. The team pounded Hanover in a double-header by a count of 8-0 in both games. The Pioneers had 14 hits in the first game and 17 in the second. The Pioneers continued their winning ways in the first game of a double-header against Thomas More on Monday but dropped the second game. The Pioneers are 16-7 overall and off to a torrid 5-1 pace in conference play. Read more of this post

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