Navari pitched eight innings, allowing one run on five hits in the loss
The series continues at 4 p.m. Saturday at Pete Taylor Park in Hattiesburg, Miss.
The series resumes with a 1 p.m. doubleheader Saturday afternoon in Ruston
Game 2 is slated for 1:05 p.m. Saturday at Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park
Gopher pitchers held Tech to four hits and just five baserunners on the day
LA Tech vs. McNeese State (DH) 3/5/14 J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park
2014: Started 18 games and saw action in 28 as both an infielder and outfielder for the Bulldogs in his first season with the team ... Hit .122 with nine hits in 74 at bats ... Recorded one double, a home run, six runs, two RBI and two walks as a junior on the team ... Had four assists from left field to help the Bulldogs earn a No. 3 national ranking with 21 outfield assists this season ... Totaled two multiple-hit games this season in back-to-back games against Southeastern Louisiana and Tulane ... Hit his first home run as a LA Tech player on Feb. 26 against UALR.
Faulkner State CC: Spent two seasons at Faulkner State CC ... Hit .388 in 41 games for Faulkner State last season, while knocking home 29 runs batted in and 32 runs scored for the Chiefs.
South Alabama: Played in six games and scored two runs as a freshman for the Jaguars before transferring to Faulkner State CC.
High School: Prepped at Faith Academy in Mobile where he was named an Under Armor All-American, Deadly Diamond and all-state two years in a row ... Also earned all-conference accolades for two consecutive seasons.
Personal: Full name is Taylor Daniel Nichols ... Son of Ralph and Rita Nichols ... Has three siblings, Haley (19), Laury (13) and Hunter (10) ... Born Nov. 22, 1992 in Mobile, Ala.