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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: Spring Sports Special

Check out in photos what Vanderbilt Athletics has accomplished this past month.
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Barrie Barto
The Vandy Boys celebrate another run against Georgia, as photographed on April 2, 2023. (Hustler Multimedia/Barrie Barto)

Check out what Vanderbilt student-athletes have been up to this past month, from a VandyBoys 13-game winning streak to basketball transfer portal updates.

Men’s basketball

Following their SEC elimination against Texas A&M and Commodore Nation’s disappointment after not receiving a NCAA Tournament bid, the ‘Dores entered the NIT Tournament as the No. 2 seed. On March 12, Vanderbilt faced Yale at Memorial, defeating the Bulldogs 71-62. Starting off with an 11-0 lead, the Commodores powered through the game. 

The Commodores then faced the Michigan Wolverines on March 18, winning 66-65. With only 58 seconds left before the final buzzer, Vanderbilt scored 8 points. This win advanced them to the quarterfinals against UAB.

Unfortunately, the ‘Dores fell to UAB, with a final score of 67-59, and the men’s basketball season ended for Vanderbilt with this loss.

Next season’s team will look slightly different, as six players have entered the transfer portal. Jordan Wright announced his transfer to LSU, and Quentin Millora-Brown, Myles Stute, Malik Dia, Noah Shelby and Trey Thomas have also entered the portal. 

Baseball

The VandyBoys began their SEC season on March 16. At Hawkins Field, the Commodores faced Ole Miss, the No. 3 team. The ‘Dores defeated the Rebels — the defending national champions — 12-2 on Thursday, 8-0 on Friday and 7-2 on Saturday. 

 The VandyBoys continued their dominant SEC play against Mississippi State the following weekend. The team scored 55 runs in Starkville over three games, a stark contrast to the last time the two teams faced off in the 2021 College World Series Championship

Vanderbilt came back home to face Lipscomb on March 28, defeating the Bison 11-1. Profits from this game were donated to The Covenant School Fund following the shooting on March 27. 

Back at the Hawk, the VandyBoys swept in a series against Georgia that started on March 31. On the first day, the ‘Dores won 9-2. The Commodores stayed dominant the following day, winning 16-8. Vanderbilt ran out of steam a little bit on Sunday but still defeated the Bulldogs 4-0. This win secured Vanderbilt as the only team in the SEC without a conference loss at that point in the season.

On April 4, the VandyBoys extended their win streak to 12 games with a home victory against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. 

“Defensively, we’ve been very consistent,” head coach Tim Corbin said following the game. “We haven’t given up extra bases that way. We’re making plays, and our pitching has been more than solid, even on a night like tonight.”

Men’s tennis

The men’s tennis team had their final doubleheader of the 2023 season at home on March 18. Although they lost to Florida 3-4, they came back later that afternoon, defeating Butler 4-3. 

The following weekend, the ‘Dores lost against Mississippi State 2-5 on March 24. They faced another 2-5 home loss playing against Ole Miss on March 26. 

Vanderbilt played two matches in Alabama the next weekend. On March 31, the Commodores came back strong, defeating Alabama 6-1. Two days later, they faced a tough game where they lost against Auburn 0-4. 

Back at home, the men’s team faced another loss against Texas A&M on April 7. They played Kentucky next at an away game on April 9 and lost 2-4. Only one game remains before the start of the SEC tournament, which will be held April 19-23 at Auburn, Alabama.

Women’s tennis

The women’s tennis team defeated Bellarmine 4-0 and Alabama 4-0 on March 31. The team only played singles matches against Bellarmine, and Vanderbilt clinched the match after winning four straight singles matches. 

Against No. 53 Alabama, No. 37 Vanderbilt won in both singles and doubles matches, with a final score of 4-0. On April 2, the Commodores lost 2-5 to the Auburn Tigers.

Lacrosse

Between March 21 and April 1, the lacrosse team played against Townson, Old Dominion and East Carolina. After going into overtime against the Townson Tigers on March 21, the Commodores lost 15-14. They returned with a win against Old Dominion 17-7 on March 25. However, a week later, they lost once again to East Carolina 15-10 on April 1.

Soccer

The soccer team hosted an exhibition against Toronto Blizzard on March 21. Three more scrimmages were held in Nashville against UAB, Memphis and Lipscomb between March 26 to April 6. Vanderbilt will play Samford a scrimmage in Homewood, Alabama next on April 16 at 1 p.m. CDT. 

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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].
Barrie Barto
Barrie Barto, Editor-in-Chief
Barrie Barto ('25) is majoring in medicine, health & society with neuroscience and communication of science & technology minors in the College of Arts and Science. She previously served as Photography Director. When she's not strolling around campus with her camera, you can find Barrie cheering on the St. Louis Blues or tracking down the best gluten-free food in Nashville. She 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].
Michael Tung
Michael Tung, Staff Photographer
Michael Tung ('26) is majoring in computer science. He is currently a staff photographer and is originally from Dublin, Ohio. His interests are photography, engineering, all things aerospace and music. He 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].
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