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The Vanderbilt Hustler

The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University.
The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University

The Vanderbilt Hustler

The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University.

IN PHOTOS: March sports special, part 1

A review of Vanderbilt Athletics’ recent games.
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Ophelia Lu
Tywin Lawrence jumps to convert, as photographed on March 4, 2023. (Hustler Multimedia/Ophelia Lu)

From 17 innings of baseball to the countdown to the SEC Tournament, the past two weeks of Vanderbilt Athletics have kept us on the edge of our seats. Check out these recent matchups in photos. 

Men’s basketball

On March 1, the men’s basketball team traveled to Lexington to face the Kentucky Wildcats and defeated them in Rupp Arena 68-66 for the first time since 2007. During the game, big man Liam Robbinson suffered a season-ending injury

Back at Memorial, Commodore Nation filled the gym for the last regular season home game on March 4. The team defeated the Mississippi State Bulldogs 77-72. Prior to the game, Vanderbilt was the No. 6 seed in the SEC Tournament, and this game secured that spot. 

During the first half of the game, Jordan Wright’s performance boosted the team scoring 13 points. Tyrin Lawrence, Manjon, and Stute also contributed double-digit scores in the game. 

“Coming in and seeing [the students] 60 minutes ahead of game time running down here and trying to get to the front of the court, you feel like you just can’t lose for them. You feel like you’re playing for the city of Nashville; you feel like you’re playing for Vanderbilt. There’s a lot of school pride here. Having that energy in the arena, you feel like you can’t lose,” Wright said after the game. “The magic is back for sure.”

The Commodores will next play tonight against LSU in the second round of the SEC Tournament at 8:30 p.m. CST at Bridgestone Arena. 

Baseball

After securing a win over Austin Peay with 11 runs on Feb. 28, the VandyBoys played in the Cambria College Classic the first week of March. Their no-hitter over Minnesota in the U.S. Bank Stadium was their first of the weekend, later beating X and falling to Y. 

Back at the Hawk, the VandyBoys played against Tennessee Tech on March 7, winning 12-1. The Golden Eagles started the game strong, but Vanderbilt pitchers Grayson Moore, Devin Futrell, Bryce Cunningham and Jack Anderson held them to just one run. RJ Schreck and Chris Maldonado were offensive stars of the game, with both having three hits. 

The baseball team returned to Hawkins Field the next day to face the Evansville Purple Aces. During the 17-inning game — tying a Vanderbilt record for the longest baseball game, the score remained at a 1-1 tie. After hours of play, Parker Noland landed a walk-off single to end the marathon game. 

The VandyBoys will play Loyola Marymount in a weekend series starting March 10 at Hawkins Field.

Men’s tennis

The men’s tennis team played at home on March 2 against Arkansas. Winning 4-2, the team put forward a strong start for its conference schedule. The Michael Ross/Nathan Cox and Siim Troost/Jeremie Casabon duos both won their doubles matches. Cox, Ross and Troost secured the other points for the Commodores. 

During the weekend matches on March 4, the team lost 4-0 to No. 6 South Carolina. Later that day, the team quickly regained its momentum and won against Alabama A&M. Vanderbilt swept all of their singles games against the Bulldogs. 

The team lost against the Tennessee Vols in Knoxville today. They will next play against Georgia on March 11 in Athens.

Lacrosse

The lacrosse team played at home on Feb. 27 against Louisville, losing 12-15. Nancy Halleron had a strong performance, securing her seventh goal of the season and a hat-trick. The Cardinals’ offense, however, was tough to beat. 

The ‘Dores then traveled to Evanston to play against Northwestern and lost 34-7. They bounced back on March 8 against Penn State, notching a close 10-9 win at home. The lacrosse team will next play Penn State on March 11.

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About the Contributors
Nikita Rohila
Nikita Rohila, Senior Staff Photographer
Nikita Rohila ('25) is from a small town in Arkansas and is majoring in psychology and medicine, health and society in the College of Arts and Science. She previously served as Deputy Social Media Director. During her free time, she enjoys roaming around the city and getting cinematic-style shots for her photography account! You can reach her at [email protected].
Ophelia Lu
Ophelia Lu, Deputy Photography Editor
Ophelia Lu (’26) is from Los Angeles and is double majoring in biomedical and electrical engineering in the School of Engineering. She previously served as a staff photographer. When not covering events and sports games for The Hustler, you can find her listening to a lot of music, studying at Starbucks or lying on Alumni lawn. She can be reached at [email protected].
Nour Abida
Nour Abida, Staff Photographer
Nour Abida ('25) is majoring in political science and medicine, health and society with a minor in Spanish in the College of Arts and Science. She is from Tunis, Tunisia. You can reach her at [email protected].
Lindsey Jorda
Lindsey Jorda, Former Social Media Director
Lindsey Jorda (‘23) is double majoring in neuroscience and psychology in the College of Arts and Science. When not working for The Hustler, she loves reading, listening to music, watching movies and playing with her dog. She can be reached at [email protected].
Anseley Philippe
Anseley Philippe, Staff Writer and Photographer
Anseley Philippe ('25) is a potential biomedical engineering and Spanish double-major who aspires to be an immunologist. Outside of The Hustler, he can be found queuing up at 2301, wandering around campus during his evening promenades or trying to keep up with his Spanish. He can be reached at [email protected].
Geetika Komati
Geetika Komati, Staff Photographer
Geetika Komati ('26) is majoring in economics and music performance and minoring in business in the College of Arts and Science. She is from Livingston, N.J. Geetika loves photographing sports games and getting in on the live action. Apart from the Hustler, some of Geetika's favorite things are traveling, boxing, and cheering on the New Jersey Devils. She can be reached at [email protected].
Narenkumar Thirmiya
Narenkumar Thirmiya, Staff Photographer
Narenkumar Thirmiya ('24) is from Orlando, Fla., and is majoring in neuroscience and medicine, health, and society in the College of Arts and Science. When not shooting for The Hustler, he is streaming TV, playing the piano or guitar or exploring nature photography. You can reach him at [email protected].
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