Taylor Nichols drove home the two game-winning runs in the eighth to help LA Tech defeat UALR
Mason Paxton doubled in the ninth of Game 2 and scored the winning run on a wild pitch to help Tech tie the series 1-1
Mason Paxton was 3-for-4 on the day, but the Bulldogs fell just short against the Lions
The series finale is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday
The series finale is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday in Hammond
2015: Started three of the 23 games he appeared in as a designated hitter and outfielder for the Bulldogs … Posted a .160 batting average with four hits in 25 at bats … Totaled four RBIs and seven total bases on the season … Recorded a season-high two hits against Southern Miss (3/20) in a 2-for-3 effort with a home run after coming on as a pinch hitter … Had a hit and RBI against UAPB (2/20) … Was 1-for-1 as a pinch hitter against No. 14 Rice (3/15).
2014: Saw action in 32 games, while starting 18 as a left fielder/designated hitter in his first season with the Bulldogs ... Posted the fourth highest batting average on the team with a .269 clip ... Totaled four doubles, eight RBI, six runs and five walks ... Ranked third on the team in stolen bases after successfully stealing six bags in seven attempts ... Had four multiple-hit games on the season, including recording three hits in a game on two separate occasions ... Also knocked in multiple RBI twice this season ... Came through for the Bulldogs on March 22 versus Old Dominion after coming on in the ninth inning as a pinch hitter and hitting a two-RBI double to tie the game and send it to extras ... Was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with a walk, a run and a stolen base on March 10 vs. Charlotte.
Holmes CC: As a sophomore outfielder, he batted .328 ... had 41 hits including one homerun, 10 doubles and two triples with 25 RBI ... Went 4-4 on the mound with a 3.34 earned run average, while striking out 47 and walking 28.
High School: Prepped at Teurlings Catholic High in Lafayette, La. under coach Mike Thibodaux ... Earned Pitcher of the Year honors, all-Louisiana and all-region as a prepster ... Named MVP in 2010 after leading Teurlings Catholic to the 2010 Louisiana State Baseball title.
Personal: Full name is Craig Steven Blanchard II ... Son of Craig and Cherie Blanchard ... Has one brother, Bret (19), and one sister, Kristen (16) ... Born July 26, 1992 in Lafayette, La.