Last year, the Vanderbilt baseball team had some inexplicable struggles in midweek games against inferior opponents. While Vanderbilt did beat Evansville 5-4 last night, the game did bring back some bad memories. The Commodores fell behind 2-0 early and had to rally back, then gave away a 4-2 lead in the seventh inning. Hugh Fisher got the win in relief and Jake Eder got a save; Jayson Gonzalez hit a homer.
Obviously, the weekend series (for reasons beyond my comprehension, ask Andrew VU ‘04 about this) are a much bigger deal than the midweek ones. But the latter still count in your record and your RPI, and last year they may well have been the difference in Vanderbilt hosting a regional. Let’s not do this again.
Women’s basketball hosts Alabama tonight at 7:00 PM CT on the SEC Network+. The women have lost six straight since picking up their lone SEC win of the season.
The swim team: still in 12th.
Will Gordon is the men’s SEC Golfer of the Week. Auston Kim (who is on the women’s golf team, for those unfamiliar) won her second straight SEC Freshman of the Week honor.
Also, I forgot to mention this in yesterday’s Anchor Drop, but we have a new graduate transfer cornerback: Illinois’ Cameron Watkins, who played high school ball locally at Pearl-Cohn. Yes he’s friends with Ke’Shawn Vaughn.
Tweet of the Day
Thanks! In anticipation of heavy snow, several roads at @ZionNPS have closed. Be careful out there! Visit https://t.co/uL53F1ff1E for updates. ❄️— NationalParkService (@NatlParkService) February 21, 2019
Yep. Former Duke player Carlos Boozer attempted to send get well wishes to Zion Williamson, and instead sent them to Zion National Park.
Off the West End
Well, Nike lost Zion Williamson last night. Welcome to Big Baller Brand, Zion:
Zion blows right *through* his shoe pic.twitter.com/uuiUayOSNL— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) February 21, 2019
Everybody saw that on national TV. Guess who else did?
“His shoe broke.” pic.twitter.com/FAtpaF5uAt— Chase Hughes (@ChaseHughesNBCS) February 21, 2019
Meanwhile, probably not the smartest thing to say to someone who’s in the process of dropping 30 on you:
Duke player to Luke Maye: “You’re not a 5 star or even a 4 star player”...— MarkJonesESPN (@MarkJonesESPN) February 21, 2019
Luke Maye: “No I’m not..but I’m killing a lot of y’all who are “
(God, I hope no Vanderbilt player said this to Grant Williams.)
Also, it’s been a bad year for the Georgia student section. First a baseball player yelled racial slurs at Justin Fields and now... this:
With 0.5 seconds to play in a tie game, a fan tossed a stuffed animal onto the court in Georgia.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 21, 2019
The Bulldogs were assessed a technical foul. Mississippi St made the FT, and won the game. Wow pic.twitter.com/7PNheymQrp