Long Beach State Pitchers Baffle Wildcat Hitters, Strikeout 17 Arizona Hitters

March 8, 2002

LONG BEACH, Calif.- The Arizona bats fell silent on the road for the second time this season as Long Beach State pitchers struck out a school record 17 hitters in a 4-0 victory over the Wildcats Friday night.

LBSU starter Abe Alvarez worked seven impressive innings tallying a career-high 13 punch outs, including six looking. Two 49er relievers, Neil Jamison and Chris Damaria, worked the final two innings and combined to whiff four.

Arizona starter Sean Rierson was victimized by a lack of run support by the Wildcat offense for the second time this season. The sophomore righthander surrendered all four runs on 11 hits, but was supported by only four Wildcat base knocks in the game. Friday night's outing was the second 4-0 shutout loss Rierson has suffered this season.

The defeat snaps Arizona's six game winning streak and is the fourth consecutive road loss this season for the Wildcats. The two schools will meet again tomorrow for game two of the three game series. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tucson time.

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