MSU Players Talk About Their Win

Mississippi State baseball players Adam Frazier and Chris Stratton talked about their team's 4-0 win over the Ole Miss Rebels.

Sophomore Shortstop Adam Frazier

Ole Miss put the bat on the ball against Stratton. What did you see from them throughout the game?
"Coming in, we knew they could hit. They had a few guys who were hitting .350 (or better). And they had (Alex) Yarbrough who was hitting over .400. He had three of their five hits. So, you know when they come in they are going to put the ball in play even if it is Chris (Stratton pitching). But it might not be hard contact so we had to stay ready (on defense). He didn't have a lot of strikeouts but they hit a lot of soft contact balls."

Did you kind of expect this type game then?
"Chris was throwing the ball well against him. We need for him to keep it up."

Stratton has a shutout going into the 9th, then they got two guys on with one out. Were you a little concerned at that point?
"I knew they had the top of the lineup coming up so I knew they had a chance to put something together. But, no, I had confidence in (Chris). When Snyder came up I knew we got that double play ball against him earlier in the game. I knew if we could get the ball in on his hands we could get it again. And Chris did it again and we turned another double play."

You have won 4 games in a row in the SEC. You finally are healthy. Have you thought about that?
"We are taking it one game at a time. That's all we can do. We'll come back tomorrow and we had Kendall (Graveman) on the mound and he has been throwing well, too."

Bobby Wahl, their starting pitcher, was a very good pitcher as well.
"He is a real good pitcher. He has a good arm. We knew coming in he had been averaging about 5 innings a start. We knew his pitch count was high so we tried to work the counts. But the kid is a good pitcher."

Junior Pitcher Chris Stratton

Since they don't strike out that much and you are a strikeout pitcher, did you use a different approach with them?
"They are very aggressive. As long as your pitches are down (in the strikezone) they are going to hit it into the ground. I guess I took the Kendall Graveman approach and tried to get some ground balls tonight. I had a plan and tried to execute it the best I could."

They got a couple of hits against you in the 9th inning. Were you doing anything differently in that inning?
"Yarbrough had my number all night (getting 3 of the Rebels 3 hits, including one hit in the 9th). I have to do something different with him. But I had a lot left in the tank in the 9th."


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