Mississippi State baseball

Mississippi State head baseball coach Chris Lemonis and the Bulldogs watch action from the dugout earlier this season.

Just how bad do you really need it?

That might be the big question for the No. 3 Mississippi State Bulldogs as they get set to open up their run in the Southeastern Conference Tournament Wednesday night.

MSU doesn’t deny it’d like to win this week’s event, but the truth of the matter is with a national seed almost assuredly already locked up, there is little on the line in the big picture. That’s why MSU head coach Chris Lemonis says his club will start play in the SEC Tournament with one primary goal – just play good baseball.

“It’s just the next game for us,” Lemonis said. “You do not want to go into a regional not playing well, or go into it not feeling good about yourself. We feel pretty good about where we are. We are not going to mismanage pitching or anything like that to win (the SEC Tournament), but we are going to go in and try to play our best.”

The Bulldogs play LSU Wednesday at 8 p.m. The Tigers defeated South Carolina 8-6 late Tuesday night.

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