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Thirteen Strikeouts Lead to Season Opening Win

TUCSON -- Back-to-back home runs Thursday by Seth King and Matt Carson and 11 strikeouts by Nate Fernley lifted BYU to a season-opening 8-4 victory over Arizona.

King's two-run homer in the eighth inning was followed by Carson's solo. King led the Cougars with four hits, including a triple. The Cougars got a solo homer in the ninth from catcher Lance Birkeland.

Birkeland, a transfer from Salt Lake City, had three hits and was on the receiving end of Fernley's eight-inning, three-hit performance which only included one walk and one run. Fernley gave BYU a 7-1 lead going into the ninth inning.

King and Cameron Coughlan each had a stolen base. Coughlan, Carson, Kainoa Obrey, and Tyler Perry each had a pair of hits for the afternoon. All but one of the nine Cougar batters recorded a hit.

Arizona, who falls to 3-2, hosts the Cougars again in single games on Friday and Saturday.

BYU Cougars at Arizona Wildcats

Jan 25, 2001 at Tucson, Arizona (Frank Sancet Field)

BYU Cougars 8 (1-0)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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Cameron Coughlan dh...... 5 1 2 0 1 1 0 0 2

Shane Belliston cf....... 5 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 0

Seth King ss............. 6 2 4 2 0 2 0 4 0

Matt Carson rf........... 5 1 2 2 1 2 2 0 2

Kainoa Obrey 3b.......... 5 0 2 1 1 1 0 2 2

Aaron Whitley lf......... 5 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 7

Tyler Perry 2b........... 4 0 2 0 0 0 3 1 0

Ty Haguewood 1b.......... 5 1 1 0 0 0 5 0 2

Lars Birkeland c......... 5 2 3 1 0 0 14 0 0

Nate Fernley p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Justin Su'a p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 45 8 17 7 4 7 27 7 15

Arizona Wildcats 4 (3-2)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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Jason Shroyer cf......... 5 0 1 1 0 1 5 0 0

Justyn St. Clair lf...... 4 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 2

Ernie Durazo 1b.......... 4 0 1 0 0 2 4 0 1

Shelley Duncan rf........ 3 1 0 0 1 2 3 0 0

Matt Abram 2b............ 4 1 1 1 0 2 5 1 3

Kenny Huff dh............ 4 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0

Erik Torres 3b........... 4 0 2 1 0 0 1 1 0

Ken Riley c.............. 3 0 0 0 0 0 7 1 0

Kyle Tasco ph........... 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0

Brad Hassey ss........... 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 1

Marc Kaiser ph.......... 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0

Sean Rierson p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Chris Goodman p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Rob Elias p............. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Nathan Staggs p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Britt Echols p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 36 4 6 3 1 13 27 5 7

Score by Innings R H E

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BYU Cougars......... 020 101 031 - 8 17 4

Arizona Wildcats.... 000 100 003 - 4 6 3

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E - Obrey; Whitley; Haguewood; Birkeland; St. Clair; Abram; Staggs. LOB -

BYU 15; Arizona 7. 2B - Obrey; Abram. 3B - King. HR - King(1); Carson(1);

Birkeland(1). HBP - Perry; St. Clair. SB - Coughlan(1); King(1); Durazo(1).

CS - Perry.

BYU Cougars IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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Nate Fernley........ 8.0 3 1 0 1 11 28 30

Justin Su'a......... 1.0 3 3 0 0 2 8 8

Arizona Wildcats IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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Sean Rierson........ 4.0 7 3 2 3 4 20 24

Chris Goodman....... 3.0 7 4 4 1 1 15 16

Rob Elias........... 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 4 4

Nathan Staggs....... 0.1 2 1 1 0 1 4 4

Britt Echols........ 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 2 2

Win - Fernley (1-0). Loss - Rierson (0-1). Save - None.

WP - Su'a; Rierson. HBP - by Rierson (Perry); by Fernley (St. Clair). BK -

Goodman.

Umpires - Home:Ron Barnes 1st:Del Blunk 3rd:Marty Camacho

Start: 3:02 Time: 2:42 Attendance: 300

Game: BYU1

Goodman faced 3 batters in the 8th.