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Anchor Drop, April 21, 2018: Ruh Roh

Vanderbilt baseball drops a series to Missouri. But at least women’s tennis is still good.

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Good morning.

The Vanderbilt baseball team dropped an SEC series (technically; it’s really a Big 12 series) for only the second time all season with a 3-1 loss at Missouri on Friday night. Like the first game of the series, Vanderbilt got great starting pitching -- Patrick Raby allowed just three hits over seven innings of work — but couldn’t get any offense going. The Commodores are now 9-8 in the SEC and 23-16 overall; they’ll play the final game of the series at 2:00 PM CT today on the SEC Network+ and WatchESPN.

Women’s golf finished in seventh place in the stroke play portion of the SEC Championship; that’s good enough to advance them to the eight-team match play competition over the weekend. They’ll play Alabama in the quarterfinals — which have already started as I’m writing this.

Women’s tennis advanced to the semifinals of the SEC Tournament with a 4-1 win over Texas A&M on Friday. They’ll play fifth-seeded Ole Miss at 1:00 PM CT.

Off the West End

Sonny Gray got roughed up in his latest start for the Yankees, allowing five runs in 3.1 innings, and since this is the Yankees we’re talking about the media is questioning his future in New York.

In the NBA Playoffs, the Washington Wizards and Milwaukee Bucks salvaged their series against, respectively, the Raptors and Celtics; meanwhile, LeBron’s Cavaliers fell behind the Pacers 2-1 after blowing an 18-point lead on Friday night.

The Predators missed their opportunity to put away the Colorado Avalanche in Game 5, losing 2-1 on Friday night.

The NBA Draft deadline came and went yesterday, and shockingly, no Vanderbilt players are testing the NBA Draft waters. I get the sense that this is probably going to be the last time in a while that we won’t have any underclassmen declare for the draft (whether they intend on coming back or not) until the rules are changed.