Seth Heck found himself walking back to the Mississippi State dugout in the middle of the ninth inning Saturday afternoon knowing he could have done something to help his team wrap up a victory.
The senior third baseman committed an error that opened the door to a three-run LSU ninth inning tying things up at 7-7.
He redeemed himself in the 12th inning though.
The Edmonds, Wash., native singled up the middle to allow Jack Vickerson to score from second and giving the Bulldogs an 8-7 win over the No. 1 Tigers in extra innings to avoid a sweep.
“It feels good,” Heck said. “It’s been a frustrating couple weeks for me at third base. (Saturday) there were several plays and (Friday night) that I wish I would have made. That’s what happens. I’m glad I was able to redeem myself.”
Heck’s teammates mobbed him around second base and a celebration started as it was his and seven other senior’s final game at Dudy Noble Field.
“There’s no feeling like it, especially after the game should have ended three innings before and I didn’t get it done,” Heck said who was hit with a towel full of shaving cream by Gavin Collins while he was talking to reporters.
The Bulldogs (24-24, 8-16) lost to the Tigers (40-8, 16-7) in 14 innings on Thursday and dropped an 11-4 contest on Friday.
LSU was on the verge of taking a lead in the top of the 12th inning, but a relief pitcher got MSU out of the jam. The Tigers had runners on first and second with no outs and head coach John Cohen went to sophomore right hander Dakota Hudson.
He got the first out on a sacrifice bunt, but the runners moved to second and third. He struck out the next batter and got a groundout to get out of the jam.
“I’ve been there before,” Hudson said who picked up his first win of the season. “I’ve had a few experiences earlier in the year, but not the same results.”