They were chanting his name.
Everybody that remained in Alex Box Stadium seemed to understand what was happening. Senior Austin Bain, he of the most unexpectedly awesome 2018 campaign, was on the field seeking the final out of what was in all likelihood his final game at a place he called his "haven."
One side of the stadium yelled "Austin!" The other answered with "Bain!" It was still echoing off the grandstand when Sam Taylor's fly ball settled in Antoine Duplantis' glove for the final out of LSU's 9-5 win against Northwestern State.
"It was a really cool experience, especially when they started chanting the name. It was unbelievable. It’s just kind of coming to a close. … The last game here was amazing, and to be able to close it out is something I’ll remember forever."
LSU coach Paul Mainieri gave his other two seniors, Nick Coomes and Beau Jordan, a chance to get cheered as they walked off the field for the final time. He could not do that with Bain, who ended Northwestern State's four-run eighth inning rally by entering to strike out Luke Watson on three pitches.
"If I would’ve gone out there and taken Austin Bain out of the game, I’m afraid there might’ve been murder in the dugout," Mainieri said.
Bain recorded his fourth save of the season. He added a 3 for 5 night at the plate with two runs driven in. He warmed up to enter the game without the benefit of a bullpen mound, instead firing across the diamond to third baseman Jake Slaughter.
He struck out three of the four batters he faced.
"He was dealing," said Beau Jordan. "He was throwing hard. That’s Austin Bain: Going out on top."
Alex Box Stadium treated LSU well this season, so it was fitting that LSU went out in style in what was likely its last appearance in its home ball park this season.
Wednesday’s win against Northwestern State (31-21) marked LSU’s 29th win in 37 chances at home this season, and its 18th by by four or more runs at home.
LSU (32-21) wasted no time jumping on Northwestern State, sending 23 batters to the plate in the first three innings alone to race out to an 8-0 lead.
Eight members of LSU’s starting nine reached base at least once in those first three frames, and three players collected multiple hits.
Daniel Cabrera continued his scorching path through opposing pitching by connecting on a two-run, two-out home run in the second inning, his eighth of the year.
The freshman is on some sort of hot streak. He picked up two more hits Wednesday, giving him multiple hits in five straight games and eight of his last nine. He has now driven in 15 runners in his last eight games and is leading the team with 46 RBIs.
Matthew Beck gave a short-handed LSU pitching staff a shot in the arm with three strong scoreless frames.
The sophomore right-hander was in control from the outset, striking out the side in the first inning and finishing his day with a career-high six strikeouts.
"It was nice to see Matthew give us a good three innings," Mainieri said.
The combination of Will Reese, Taylor Petersen and Clay Moffitt surrendered all five Northwestern State runs in the seventh and eighth innings before Bain took command of the game.
Before Bain’s ninth inning, there was another moment to be savored late in Wednesday’s game.
With a comfortable 8-1 lead, LSU coach Paul Mainieri called for Bryce Jordan to pinch hit for his twin brother Beau in the seventh inning.
Beau heard Mainieri call home plate umpire Kevin Kennedy’s name, realized what was happening and said, “Oh, dang it,” because he knew he was about to get emotional.
"But I held back the tears," Beau Jordan made sure to clarify. "I don’t want to get embarrassed."
The two shared a long embrace off to the first base side of home plate, and Beau Jordan received a hearty ovation from the home crowd as he exited toward the LSU dugout for what was probably his final time in an LSU uniform.