Jan. 30, 2003
TUCSON - Brigham Young pitcher Jeff Mousser (1-0) kept Arizona hitters off stride most the game, striking out nine in six and one-third innings to key BYU's 6-3 victory over the Cats and snap UA's nine-year string of winning its season opener.
UA freshman catcher Nick Hundley hit a home run in his first collegiate at-bat in the third, but Mousser allowed only one hit after that until the seventh inning when Hundley led off with a double and scored on Jeff van Houten's single to make it 3-2 in BYU's favor.
BYU collected eight hits off UA starter Joe Little (0-1), who threw six innings and struck out five. The Cougs added four more hits off three UA relievers.
BYU took a 1-0 lead in the second, scoring on an infield grounder. Kainoa Obrey singled and an out later moved to third on Jake Stubblefield's single to right. Ryan Chambers grounded to UA first baseman Pat Reilley, who opted for the play at the bag as Obrey scored.
The Cougars extended the lead to 3-0 in the third. Doug Jackson reached on an error and Ranger Weins slugged a two-run home run over the left-center fence.
Hundley homered in his first collegiate at-bat to cut the led to 3-1 in the bottom of the third.
BYU's Weins led off the eighth with a double, Obrey walked an out later and Weins scored on Brock Jacobsen's single to make it 4-2. Ryan Chambers added a run-scoring single to cap the inning. The Cougars added an unearned run on an RBI off Wiens second double.
UA's Pat Reilley tripled to open the Cats's ninth and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jeff Van Houten for the game's final run.
UA had not lost its season opener since 1993.