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By BEN WAIT
Special to Daily Times Leader
STARKVILLE â€” Demarcus Henderson had a paper due at midnight.
The Mississippi State senior outfielder made sure he had enough time to perfect it and turn it in on time.
Henderson had a walk-off single to score Zack Randolph from second base as the No. 16 Bulldogs beat Southeast Missouri 3-2 Tuesday night at Dudy Noble Field.
"I really didn't think he was going to score, but when (the outfielder) booted it, I was kind of happy because that gave him a little more time," Henderson said.
Henderson finished the night with two hits.
MSU head coach John Cohen wasn't hesitant to let Henderson bat with right hander Greg Mosel on the mound.
"I really felt like Demarcus was really seeing balls good (Tuesday) and he's going to stay on the ball," Cohen said. "That's a big swing for him and that's what you want your seniors to do. You want them to come up big in big moments and he did."
Jonathan Holder (2-1) pitched a scoreless two innings to pick up the win. He allowed just one hit and retired the side in the eighth inning with an inherited runner.
He gave up a leadoff walk in the ninth inning, but pitched around the base runner to give the Bulldogs a chance in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Mosel (1-2) pitched 1 1/3 innings to pick up the loss for SEMO.
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