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Stratton Dominates As State Beats Bruins 5-3

Stratton Dominates As State Beats Bruins 5-3

His 100th official pitch wasn't just a strikeout. It was the 13th fanning of Chris Stratton's day, and a fitting opportunity to allow a well-won bow before Mississippi State concluded a 5-3 victory over Belmont. So how did he describe his second win and seven-plus more scoreless innings on his early season? "Just out here, having fun," said Stratton. "Just playing ball."

If this is ‘just playing ball' then one wonders what Mississippi State's sophomore righthander would consider an exceptional outing. Belmont's Bruins certainly don't want to see any more of Stratton after a 7.2 Saturday stint of no runs, four hits, and those 13 strikeouts. A Ks-total that was last achieved by a Bulldog moundsmen when Todd Doolittle fanned 13 South Carolinans in the 2005 SEC...

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