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Anchor Drop, May 8, 2021: More baseball and tennis

Baseball continues its series with Alabama, and women’s tennis moves on.

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Good morning.

Optional Musical Accompaniment

Baseball got back in the win column last night in spite of Kumar Rocker surrendering six runs in a 9-6 win over Alabama in the series opener. Rocker, somehow, gave up six runs while also striking out 13 batters, which is not something you see every day. The Hustler has more. The Commodores and Crimson Tide will meet again today at 2 PM CT.

Women’s tennis advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with yesterday’s 4-0 win over Ball State in the first round of the Columbus Regional (a score that could have been a lot worse; Vanderbilt was leading on the remaining three courts when the match was clinched.) That will advance the Commodores into a matchup today with Ohio State at 11 AM CT, in case you needed a warmup for the baseball game this afternoon.

And, finally, this is how the Transfer Portal inevitably ends: with Texas poaching all of our good players.

Texas is under consideration in part because Kaufman has connections to former Commodores support staffers like Chief of Staff Jason Grooms and Director of Recruiting Operations Taylor Searels, as well as analyst Cordae Hankton, who graduated from and coached at the same high school Kaufman attended, Archbishop Rummel.

At Auburn, the new defensive coordinator is former Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason, who brought cornerbacks coach Zac Etheridge and analyst Bryce Lewis with him to the plains of Alabama to join Bryan Harsin’s staff.

It doesn’t matter if you’re from right outside of Austin or New Orleans, Texas is coming for you (but seriously, Kaufman probably ends up at Auburn because of his relationship with Mason, which I am fine with.)

SEC Baseball Last Night

Florida 8, Kentucky 5 ... Mississippi State 9, South Carolina 0 ... Arkansas 3, Georgia 0 ... Texas A&M 9, Ole Miss 8 ... Tennessee 5, Missouri 4 ... LSU 9, Auburn 6.