By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal
STARKVILLE – The aces were dueling at Dudy Noble Field Friday night, and No. 18 Ole Miss was never able to lay a trump card on the table.
Opportunities for the Rebels were few against Mississippi State’s Chris Stratton with just five hits, three by Alex Yarbrough.
The Rebels were not able to string their hits together and also committed two errors in a 4-0 loss.
Ole Miss sophomore Bobby Wahl didn’t give the Bulldogs many chances either, but they took advantage when they had them.
“I thought Bobby was really good himself. They were very opportunistic with the few hits they had,” Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco said.
Adam Frazier recorded the game’s first hit, then took two bases on a wild pitch. He was at third and scored when shortstop Austin Anderson could not field a spinning ground ball by Mitch Slauter.
The Bulldogs got two more hits in the inning, the second, a bloop single by Darryl Norris, scored Slauter with the second run.
The Bulldogs scored again the fifth with a walk, a run and another timely hit.
“I did all right, didn’t do good enough though. It was one of those nights where Chris Stratton was great. You have to tip your hat to him, he did a great job,” Wahl said.
Wahl was sharp at times. He gave up a two-out walk in the first but nothing else. He had a perfect second and rebounded from the fourth by fanning the side in the fifth with three called strikeouts.
He went six innings and allowed just one earned run on four hits with two walks and seven strikeouts.
He left the game with 110 pitches, his longest outing since going eight innings against Florida on March 30.
His start last week against Arkansas was cut short by rain, a game the Rebels won 8-2 when it was completed the following day.
“I felt fine. The past few starts there has been a little arm thing going on. It was kind of dead for a while, and I worked through it. I’m starting to feel a lot better,” he said.