MSU won its seventh straight game to improve to 13-2 overall, while Mercer fell to 11-4. The two teams resume their weekend series and close MSU’s season opening 17-game homestand with a 2 p.m. start today and 1 p.m. start Sunday.
Stratton (4-0) worked five innings in relief of Mitchell, who made his first MSU start. Stratton, of Tupelo, allowed four hits and two runs, with a season-high five walks and seven strikeouts.
Reed struck out three and allowed one hit in two innings of work to earn his fourth save.
OLE MISS 8, HOUSTON 0: Bobby Wahl turned in six innings of one hit baseball and the Rebels used a six-run first inning to pick up a series opening win as No. 14 Ole Miss (11-2) shut out Houston (6-7) at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field.
Wahl (3-0) picked up the win and held the Cougars to one hit with three walks and a career high 10 strikeouts. He combined with right-handers Aaron Greenwood and Hawtin Buchanan for the shutout. The two freshmen worked the final three innings of the game, holding Houston to three hits and two strikeouts.
Alex Yarbrough led the Rebels at the plate, going 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored as eight Rebels recorded hits on the night.