Lacina, West named Bojangles Athletes of the Week

Lacina, West named Bojangles Athletes of the Week

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. --- Tusculum baseball first baseman Nick Lacina and softball infielder Sammie West have been named the Bojangles Athletes of the Week.

Lacina, a senior from St. Paul, Minnesota, recorded two doubles and two home runs in the Pioneers' three-game South Atlantic Conference sweep over Brevard.  Lacina batted .444, while scoring a team-high seven runs, drove in six RBI and posted a team-best 1.333 slugging percentage.

In Saturday's series opener, he went 2-for-4, including a double and a home run in TC's 16-3 victory.  In game two, he hit another homer and drew a walk as he finished with three RBI in the Pioneers' 17-4 triumph.  In Sunday's 15-2 win, Lacina hit his sixth double of the season and scored three times as Tusculum extended its season-long winning streak to seven.

Lacina is second on the team with his .400 batting average and leads the Pioneers with his .588 slugging percentage.  He has totaled six doubles, three home runs and 20 RBI in his 22 contests.

West, a freshman from Maiden, North Carolina, tied a single-game record with her five-hit performance in Tusculum's 11-9 road loss to fifth-ranked Lenoir-Rhyne.  West went 5-for-5 to become the first Pioneer in more than two years to have a five-hit game. 

She singled in the first, doubled in the third, had a RBI single in the fourth, singled in the sixth and singled in the seventh for the Pioneers. TC finished the game with a season-high 18 hits, the most for the Pioneers since having 18 hits against Virginia-Wise on March 9, 2015.

West is third on the team with her .364 batting average and leads the Pioneers with 10 doubles (3rd in SAC).  She leads TC with her nine stolen bases (T9th in SAC) to go along with 22 runs scored, 32 hits, two home runs and 17 RBI.  She is also seventh in the conference with her 15 walks.

The Tusculum Athlete of the Week Award is sponsored by Bojangles, located at 3240 Andrew Johnson Highway in Greeneville.  The Bojangles Athlete of the Week Award honors one male and one female athlete each week from an in-season sport.

2016-2017 Bojangles Athletes of the Week


Male Athlete of the Week

Female Athlete of the Week

Sep. 1-4, 2016

Andre De Giorgi (Soccer)

Cassie Born (Volleyball)

Sep. 5-11, 2016

Jacob Cutshall (Cross Country)

Emily Stoklosa (Cross Country)

Sep. 12-18, 2016

Jorge Alvarez (Soccer)

Olivia Kilgore (Soccer)

Sep. 19-25, 2016

Taylor Smith (Golf)

Katie Tomassoni (Golf)

Sep. 26-Oct. 2, 2016

Isai Hernandez (Soccer)

Annie McCullough (Tennis)
Sarah Baker (Tennis)

Oct. 3-9, 2016

Tashique Kader (Tennis)

Ciara Rattana (Golf)

Oct. 10-16, 2016

Andre De Giorgi (Soccer)

Miriah Martin (Soccer)

Oct. 17-23, 2016

Luke Lancaster (Football)

Olivia Kilgore (Soccer)

Oct. 24-30, 2016

Deres Benn (Football)

Ciara Rattana (Golf)

Oct. 31-Nov.6, 2016

Andre De Giorgi (Soccer)

Sarah Bouley (Volleyball)

Nov. 7-13, 2016

Jordon Shippy (Football)

Maelyn Head (Basketball)

Nov. 14-20, 2016

Cory Fagan (Basketball)

Rachel Garnett (Volleyball)

Nov. 21-27, 2016

Ronnie Baylark (Basketball)

Benedicta Makakala (Basketball)

Nov. 28-Dec. 4, 2016

Cory Fagan (Basketball)

Tara Shields (Basketball)

Dec. 5-Dec. 30, 2016

Ronnie Baylark (Basketball)

Kasey Johnson (Basketball)

Jan. 2-8, 2017

Kendall Patterson (Basketball)

Callie Patterson (Basketball)

Jan. 9-15, 2017

Kendall Patterson (Basketball)

Kasey Johnson (Basketball)

Jan. 16-22, 2017

Cory Fagan (Basketball)

Benedicta Makakala (Basketball)

Jan. 23-29, 2017

Kendall Patterson (Basketball)

Kasey Johnson (Basketball)

Jan. 30-Feb. 5, 2017

Caleb Hodnett (Basketball)

Emily Hester (Softball)

Feb. 6-12, 2017

Zach Slagle (Baseball)

Jenna Restivo (Softball)

Feb. 13-19, 2017

Nate Wade (Lacrosse)

Savannah Elliott (Lacrosse)

Feb. 20-Feb. 26

Tim Hardy (Baseball)

Franziska Funke (Tennis)

Feb. 27-Mar. 5

Ethan Carpenter (Baseball)

Hayley Bartlett (Lacrosse)

Mar. 6-12

Chris Ryan (Lacrosse)

Katarina Majorova (Tennis)

Mar. 13-19

Nick Lacina (Baseball)

Sammie West (Softball)