Thursday, April 3, 2008

Commmodore Banter (4/3)

Junior Nick Christiani pitched three innings of scoreless relief, freshman Chase Reid struck out a batter with two on and two out in the seventh and redshirt freshman Russell Brewer overcame a leadoff double in the ninth to record the save in the Commodores' 6-5 victory over MTSU Wednesday.

“The story for us was the guys who pitched,” said Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin. “Christiani put a Band-aid on it and shut them down. Then Reid came in and did yeoman's work, and then (Russell) Brewer threw strikes (in the ninth).”

Vanderbilt (19-7, 5-3 SEC) will travel to Ole Miss for a three-game series this weekend.

Major League Baseball scouts had a busy day yesterday, checking out Alvarez take on MTSU before racing to watch Smyrna's Sonny Gray, a senior All-American who is committed to Vandy. Both will high first-round draft picks in June.

With defensive tackles Gabe Hall and Theo Horrocks gone, it's Greg Billinger's time to shine, writes Brett Hait.

Entering his third season, Denver Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler called out wide receiver Brandon Marshall among others in a lengthy and candid interview session with reporters. Dennis Dillon of the Sporting News is glad that he did, while a Fox Sports blogger is not.

Scotty Hopson, a 6-foot-6, 200-pound shooting guard ranked ninth overall by, just became the first McDonald's All-American to commit to Tennessee since 1997.

Stop comparing UNC's Tyler Hansbrough and UCLA's Kevin Love just because they are white, writes Gary Parrish.

Don't forget to watch Shan Foster and Chris Lofton square off in tonight's 3-point competition as part of San Antonio's Final Four festivities. It will air from 8-10 p.m. CT on ESPN. I've got my money on The Truth.

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