Crimson Tide stands toe-to-toe with the fifth ranked team in the country
SENIOR (2016) Maryland (2/19-21): Started the season opener as the designated hitter. Nicholls State (2/24): Entered as a pinch-hitter and finished his night 2-for-3 with an RBI. USA Baseball-Irish Classic (3/4-6): Appeared in two games, starting Saturday’s contest against Niagara at designated hitter ... collected one hit for the tournament. Southern Miss (3/15): Entered as a pinch-hitter, finishing 0-for-1. UAB (3/22): Came in as a defensive replacement in right field and finished 0-for-1 in his lone plate appearance. Auburn (3/29): Entered as a late-inning pinch-hitter, finishing 0-for-1. Alcorn State (4/5): Started game two but did not record a hit.
JUNIOR (2015) Returned from a season-ending knee injury a year ago to play in 16 total games, including seven starts ... entered as a pinch-hitter six times while coming in as a defensive replacement three times. Maryland Eastern Shore (2/13-15): Earned his first start in the second game of the weekend, finishing 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Houston (2/20-22): Started the final two games of the series with the third-ranked Cougars ... collected three hits, two RBI and a run scored in eight at-bats for the weekend. Lipscomb (3/6-8): Entered in the series finale as a pinch-hitter and remained in left field until the final inning ... finished the day 1-for-2. Samford (4/7): Came in for pinch-hit duties before moving to the outfield ... finished the night 1-for-2 with an RBI.
SOPHOMORE (2014) Missed the end of the 2014 season after undergoing surgery for a broken patella suffered in the March 2 game against Louisiana-Lafayette ... picked up his only multi-hit game of the season in that game while adding a run scored and an RBI. Stephen F. Austin (2/23): Registered his first hit of the season in a pinch-hitting situation against SFA.
REDSHIRT FRESHMAN (2013) Appeared in 35 games, starting 24 of those contests ... finished the season with 14 hits, two doubles, a home run, nine RBI and eight runs scored ... started the first 17 games of the season in left field and finished the year with a total of 22 starts in the outfield plus two as a designated hitter ... had a four-game hitting streak to open the season, reaching base safely in the first seven games ... did not commit an error. Louisville (3/8): Recorded the first multi-hit game of his career at the fifth-ranked Cardinals, adding an RBI and a stolen base. Tennessee (3/17): Collected his second multi-hit game of the season in the series finale against the Volunteers, going 2-for-2 with two runs score and an RBI. Mississippi Valley State (5/7): Recorded two hits, including his first career home run, while adding three RBI and a pair of runs scored in the win over the Delta Devils.
FRESHMAN (2012) Redshirted in his first year at the Capstone.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA Named an All-Area and All-Region 4-4A player during his senior year ... helped lead Dutch Fork High School to the district finals in 2011 ... son of Harvey and Sami Blanchard ... born Ryan Franklin Blanchard on Oct. 10, 1992, in Irmo, S.C. ... majoring in consumer sciences.