LUBBOCK, Texas - When the final out was recorded and the Texas Tech players began their celebration, College of Charleston shortstop/designated hitter Gunnar Heidt slowly made his way to the Cougars dugout.
Heidt had gone hitless in three at bats during the Cougars' 1-0 loss to Texas Tech in Saturday's NCAA Super Regional. It was Heidt's first action since getting hurt in late April.
There was little to be happy about.
When Heidt got back to the Cougars locker room, his cell phone was flooded with text messages congratulating him on getting drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 13th round of Saturday's Major League Draft.
Heidt was taken during the early innings of Saturday's game.
"I kind of have mixed emotions because it's a dream come true getting drafted, but we lost the game," Heidt said. "It's hard to be too happy about it when we know our season could be over (Sunday)."
The Murrells Inlet native was hitting a team-best .335 with 30 RBIs before breaking his hand on April 26 in a game against Bethune-Cookman.
Heidt's slugging percentage of .482 is still second on the squad, while his 15 stolen bases rank third in the Colonial Athletic Association despite missing the last 18 games. He was named All-CAA First Team.
"To be paid to play a game I love so much is unbelievable," Heidt said. "Toronto had been talking to me before the draft. It wasn't a surprise that they took me."
Heidt, a junior, still has one year of eligibility remaining, but said Saturday he will sign with the Blue Jays.
"We talked money before the draft and they gave me what I was looking for," Heidt said. "I'm not ready for my college career to end just yet."
Heidt returned to the starting lineup on Saturday as the designated hitter against Texas Tech.
As a sophomore, Heidt led the Cougars with a .349 batting average and 54 RBIs. He led the Southern Conference with seven triples and stole 13 bases. He was named the SoCon Player of the Month in March.
Heidt becomes the 14th player drafted under head coach Monte Lee in the last six seasons.
The Texas Tech Red Raiders drew the biggest crowd in Rip Griffin Park history Saturday against the Cougars.
The standing-room-only crowd was 4,811.
It's the second biggest crowd the Cougars have ever played in front of. The Cougars played in front of 7,170 fans during their game at South Carolina on March 25.
Keeping it close
The Cougars' 1-0 loss to Texas Tech was their 18th one-run game this season
The Cougars are 12-6 in one-run games.
The Cougars have lost consecutive games just four times this season. Charleston won 11 of 14 three-game series during the regular season.
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