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Anchor Drop, April 18, 2018: Larry Austin’s new home

Also: David Price dominates, and Wade Baldwin barely gets off the bench in a playoff game.

NIT Season Tip-Off Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

Good morning.

Ethan Paul’s two homers carried Vanderbilt to a 6-1 win over Evansville at Hawkins Field last night. On the mound, Reid Schaller made his first career start and pitched three perfect frames. Vanderbilt improved to 23-14 on the season and will now go to Missouri on Thursday.

Today, the women’s golf team will open the SEC Championship at 8:50 AM CT. Vanderbilt has won the conference title twice before, in 2004 and 2014. This year’s tournament will be held at the Greystone Golf and Country Club in Birmingham, which was also the site of the Commodores’ 2014 win.

Women’s lacrosse plays at Temple at 11:00 AM CT. For those interested, Temple has a live stream of the game. I can already hear the “wet het” jokes...

Women’s tennis moved up to number two in the country, behind only North Carolina. The Commodores will open the SEC Tournament on Friday with either Kentucky or Texas A&M.

Men’s tennis moved up two spots and is now ranked 20th in the country.

Rivals has some good crootin’ content, though it’s all subscriber stuff: 2019 five-star Trendon Watford of Birmingham got an in-home visit from Bryce Drew and staff. And it’s looking like Rockwall (TX) 3-star Jacob Clark is who Derek Mason wants as his QB in the 2019 class; Clark is a high school teammate of Alston Orji.

Off the West End

Former Vanderbilt player Larry Austin Jr., who transferred after the end of the season, has found a new home: the Central Michigan Fightin’ Chippewas. Austin will be immediately eligible as a graduate transfer.

Wade Baldwin’s Portland Trail Blazers lost 111-102 to the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night, falling behind 2-0 in the best-of-7 series. Baldwin barely got off the bench, though; he’s listed as playing zero minutes in the box score (though not a DNP.)

Also winning in the NBA Playoffs: the Toronto Raptors beat the Washington Wizards 130-119, and the Boston Celtics 116-102 over the Milwaukee Bucks. The Celtics and Raptors are both up 2-0.

David Price shut down the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for five innings in a 10-1 Red Sox win, and Nashville native Mookie Betts clubbed three homers, so of course the main story out of that the national news is going with is Shohei Ohtani leaving the game with a blister.

This is pretty disturbing.

The Preds play Game 4 tonight at Colorado, at 9 PM CT on the NBC Sports Network.