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Anchor Drop, May 20, 2018: Vanderbilt earns 6-seed

The Commodores will play on Tuesday at 9:30 AM. Oh, and women’s tennis is in the Final Four for the fourth year in a row.

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The Vanderbilt baseball team used a six-run seventh inning to earn a sweep against Kentucky on Saturday, with a final score of 9-6. Stephen Scott’s power surge continued, with the junior hitting his sixth home run in the last seven games (and 12th of the season), and Pat DeMarco hit his ninth homer of the season.

With the win, Vanderbilt finishes the regular season with a 31-24 record and a 16-14 SEC record. That ought to be good enough for a NCAA Tournament bid, and now, the Commodores will go to Hoover for the SEC Tournament as the 6-seed and will play 11-seed Texas A&M at 9:30 AM CT on Tuesday. Win that, and they’ll face 3-seed Georgia on Wednesday.

Full bracket for the SEC Tournament is here. Honestly, aside from having to play the early game on Tuesday (and Wednesday), this couldn’t have worked out better for Vanderbilt: the Commodores get a beatable opponent in the first and second games, and they’re on the opposite side of the bracket from Florida.

Women’s tennis beat Florida State 4-0 on Saturday, extending their winning streak to 15 matches and advancing to the Final Four for the fourth consecutive year. The Commodores will play Georgia Tech in the national semifinal on Monday at 11:00 AM CT.

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Off the West End

The Cavaliers needed a win badly and got it on Saturday night, pulling to within 2-1 of the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals.

The Phoenix Suns have the #1 pick in the NBA Draft and are considering trading it, which sounds like a bad idea... but you know somebody would pay out the ass for it.

Johnny Manziel is going to play Canadian football, which... okay. This at least makes more sense than Tim Tebow playing baseball.

Joe Rexrode has an article about Jeremy Pruitt’s recruiting approach over to the east of us. Money quote:

“Nothing that happened in the past,” Pruitt said, “is gonna have any effect on what happens in the future.”

Has he met Tennessee fans?