Six Pitchers Among Eight Latest Signings

Pitchers are abundant in the eight baseball recruits recently signed by BYU Coach Vance Law.

Six of the recent recruits are pitchers, all right-handed. Californians Justin Su'a, Sam Fernley and Jeff Stearman join UVSC's Ryan Adams, Brad Nelson from North Carolina and Scott Koffman of Salt Lake City as Spring recruits signing letters of intent with BYU's baseball team. The non pitchers are catcher Lars Birkeland also of Salt Lake City and California second baseman Han Yi.

"We have filled some of our needs and expect these players to make good contributions in their careers with us," said Law of his first full recruiting class after compiling a 29-29 record in his college coaching debut last season.

Su'a, a 6-2, 175 pitcher-third baseman, is the son of former BYU All American Murphy Su'a (1978-79). He was CIF Player of the Year at West High in Torrance, Calif., where he helped lead the nationally-ranked Warriors to a 30-2 record.

Yi, 5-10, 165, was a teammate of Su'a at West High in Torrance. He was recruited by USC and Cal-Santa Barbara. He batted .423 and led the team with 11 doubles and also had nine homers and 18 stolen bases.

Fernley, 6-4, 215, is from Millikan High in Long Beach, Calif., and joins his brother Nate who currently plays for the Cougars. He had an 8-3 prep record last season and was recruited by Pepperdine, UCLA and Loyola Marymount.

Stearman, 6-3, 170, is from LaQuinta High in Palm Springs, Calif., and was recruited by Arizona State and Purdue among others. He had a 7-3 record with a 1.15 ERA last season when he was All-CIF Southern Section and All-Desert Valley League.

Adams, who played for BYU in 1997 before serving an LDS Church mission to Jacksonville, Fla., compiled a 7-5 record with a 3.89 ERA with UVSC. The sophomore from Highland pitched 83.1 innings for the Wolverines and tallied 87 strikeouts in 14 starts. He set a school record of 21 consecutive scoreless innings in mid-season. He registered a pair of one hitters during that stretch.

Nelson, 6-3, 185, is from Cary, N.C., where he had a 7-3 record with a 2.34 ERA last season for Cary High. The all-conference MVP was recruited by North Carolina State, the Citadel and the College of Charleston.

Koffman, 6-3, 195, who was drafted in the 27th round by the Baltimore Orioles, is from nearby Olympus High. The all-state performer struck out 17 batters in one game last season. He was recruited by San Diego State, and Utah. He posted an 8-0 record with a 1.55 ERA last season.

Birkeland, 6-1, 200, is also from Olympus, but played for Saddleback CC in California, and is just returning from an LDS Church mission to Micronesia/Guam. Birkeland, who is noted for his defense, was recruited by Utah, UCLA, Pepperdine, San Diego State, Georgia and Tulane. He batted .342 in his final year as an All-Orange Empire Conference catcher at Saddleback and was among the career leaders in RBI and home runs.