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Dear Pioneer Nation,

Welcome to the April 2018 issue of #PIONEERUPDATE, the monthly newsletter of the Tusculum Pioneer Club.  #PIONEERUPDATE is provided exclusively to Pioneer Club members prior to being posted on our social media platforms, giving you a first look at what’s happening in Tusculum Athletics.  

The Pioneer Club campaign has generated over $125,000 in cash gifts from 259 members with two months remaining in the 2017-2018 fiscal year.  In addition, the Pioneer Club has generated over $75,000 in gift-in-kind donations this fiscal year.  The Club is looking for 61 more members to join before June 30, 2018 to help reach our membership goal of 320 members.  If you have not joined the Pioneer Club this year, we respectfully ask that you consider becoming a member to support our student-athletes.

Our biggest facility project continues to be the Tusculum Field of Dreams Project.  We have been, and will continue, approaching student-athlete alumni, businesses, foundations, and friends of Tusculum Athletics for financial support of this endeavor.  Donors to this project will be recognized as members of our Pioneer Club.  For those of you interested in finding out more information on this project, please contact Blake Cantrell at or 423-636-7331.  We recently completed the addition of a new batting cage for Tusculum Softball and plan to complete a renovation of the Roger M. Nichols Tennis Complex by September 2018.

Our success is directly linked to our loyal Pioneer Club members and the great supporters of Tusculum and Pioneer Athletics.  With your generous financial commitments, we are able to provide our student-athletes with a first-class experience. 

We wish each of you a great day and Go Pioneers!



Doug Jones                                                  Blake Cantrell

V.P. - Student Success & Athletics             Director of Athletic Development





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Pioneers earn NCAA bid, to face Queens in tourney opener

INDIANAPOLIS --- The Tusculum women's tennis team has received a bid to the NCAA Division II Championships, and will face Queens University of Charlotte in the opening round of the Southeast Region on Saturday in Columbus, Georgia.

The Pioneers (20-2) opened the season with 17 consecutive victories and finished in second place in the South Atlantic Conference with a 9-1 record. Tusculum defeated Carson-Newman in the SAC quarterfinals before being eliminated by eventual tournament champion Queens in the semifinal round.

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Five Pioneers named to All-SAC Baseball Team


ROCK HILL, S.C. --- Five Tusculum student-athletes have been named to the 2018 All-South Atlantic Conference baseball team announced league officials Tuesday. 

Infielder Daulton Martin and outfielder Jarel McDadewere named to the All-SAC first team, pitcher Charles Hall was tabbed to the second team while catcher Nate Montgomery and designated hitter Colby Skeenreceived All-Conference honorable mention.

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Wingate knocks Pioneers out of SAC Championship with 19-15 opening-round win

WINGATE, N.C. --- Madison LaBarbara recorded nine points on three goals and six assists, Kendall Wells scored six goals and Nina Cifolilli added five to lead Wingate to a 19-15 win over Tusculum in the opening round of the South Atlantic Conference Women's Lacrosse Championship tournament Tuesday afternoon.

The fourth-seeded Bulldogs (6-12) advance to face top-seeded Lenoir-Rhyne in the semifinals on Friday afternoon. as LaBarbera's big day came after scoring just two goals and 16 assists in 16 regular-season games, with no more than three points in any game. Wells' six goals boosted her season total to a conference-best 70 for the season.

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Tusculum to open SAC Baseball Tournament Thursday with Newberry

ROCK HILL, S.C. --- The Tusculum Pioneers will be the No. 7 seed in this week's Pilot/Flying J South Atlantic Conference Baseball Championship and will face sixth-seeded Newberry in an elimination game this Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. at Smokies Stadium in Kodak, Tennessee.
The Pioneers (23-25) advance to the SAC postseason tournament for a 19th consecutive year and will face the Wolves for a ninth time in league tournament history. Tusculum owns a 6-2 record against Newberry in the SAC Tournament and have won four straight postseason contests versus the Wolves.

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Tusculum sweeps Milligan to wrap up 2018 season

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. --- The Tusculum softball team totaled 20 runs and 34 hits on the day in a doubleheader sweep of Milligan Sunday afternoon at Anglin Field.

Tusculum posted a season-high 19 hits and led wire-to-wire in a 10-3 victory in the first game.  In the night-cap, the Pioneers rallied from a pair of five-run deficits and scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning to edge the Lady Buffs 10-9 to complete the sweep.

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Rosalie medals in triple jump as Pioneers conclude SAC Championships

CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- A third-place finish in the men's triple jump from Yannick Rosalie highlighted day two performances by Tusculum at the South Atlantic Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships, hosted by Johnson C. Smith at the Irwin Belk Complex.

The Tusculum men finished in 10th place in the standings with 16 points, while the Pioneer women claimed ninth place and had 19 points in their inaugural year competing at the conference meet.

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Pioneers fall to Wingate 5-2 in SAC semifinals

COLUMBIA, S.C. --- Wingate advanced to the South Atlantic Conference Men's Tennis Championship finals with a 5-2 victory over Tusculum in a semifinal match Friday afternoon at the Cayce Tennis Center.

The 10th-ranked Bulldogs (18-5) were seeded second in the championship field will play for the SAC title at noon on Sunday, while the 35th-ranked Pioneers, who were seeded sixth in the tournament, saw their season end with a record of 15-8.

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Pioneers eliminated by Queens 5-2 in SAC semifinals

COLUMBIA, S.C. --- A sweep of doubles sparked Queens to a 5-2 victory over Tusculum in the semifinals of the South Atlantic Conference Women's Tennis Championship tournament Friday morning at the Cayce Tennis Center.

The third-seeded Royals (15-3) will face top-seeded Wingate for the championship on Saturday after defeating the defending SAC tournament champion Pioneers (20-2), who were seeded second in the field. Queens avenged a 5-1 loss to Tusculum in last year's semifinal round, along with a 5-4 loss to the Pioneers in the teams' regular-season meeting on April 8.

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Four Pioneers named All-South Atlantic Conference

ROCK HILL, S.C. --- Four members of the Tusculum women's tennis team have been selected All-South Atlantic Conference in voting by the league's head coaches, the conference office announced Wednesday.

Sophomore Katarina Majorova and senior Franziska Funke were each selected first-team All-SAC in singles, with sophomores Annie McCullough and Caitlin McCullough earning second team honors. All four players were named All-SAC in doubles as well, as the pairings of the McCulloughs along with Funke and Majorova each were named to the first team.

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Five Pioneers named to All-SAC team

ROCK HILL, S.C. --- Five members of the Tusculum men's tennis team have been selected to the All-South Atlantic Conference team, in voting conducted by the league's head coaches and released by the conference office on Wednesday.

Senior Tomas Kmetko was named second-team All-SAC and senior Tashique Kader was an honorable mention honoree in singles, while the doubles teams of Kader and freshman Gabriel Yaguar along with senior Toby de Klerk and sophomore Yago Fernandezwere named honorable mention as well.

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Pioneers finish seventh at SAC Championship; Murrell, Tomassoni earns All-Tournament honors

ELGIN, S.C. --- The Tusculum duo of Cydney Murrelland Katie Tomassoni each posted seventh place finishes while the Pioneers also logged a seventh place performance at the 2018 South Atlantic Conference Women's Golf Championship.

Tusculum carded a final round team score of 330 to finish with 977 at the three-day, 54-hole championship held at The Members Club at Woodcreek. The Pioneers, who were in second place following each of the first two rounds, dropped five spots in the final standings and finished 37 strokes behind SAC Champion Wingate.  The Bulldogs, who are ranked 15th in the nation, win their fourth league title and first since 2015.  Wingate led wire-to-wire winning with a team score of 940 including Tuesday's final round 312.

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Rosalie, Majorova named Bojangles Athletes of the Week

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. --- Tusculum track and field standing Yannick Rosalie and women's tennis player Katarina Majorova have been named the Bojangles Athletes of the Week.  Majorova earns this honor for a second time this spring while Rosalie garners his inaugural Bojangles accolade.

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Guervil, Majorova named Applebee's Student-Athletes of the Month for March

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. --- Tusculum track sprinter Widchard Guervil and tennis standout Katarina Majorova have been named the Applebee's Student-Athletes of the Month for March.  Guervil earns his third consecutive Applebee's honor, while Majorova is tabbed the Student-Athlete of the Month for a second time this season.

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