Lars Birkeland
Catcher 12
205 lbs.
Salt Lake City, 
Last School
Saddleback Community College
Roster Years


Parents are Cliff and Lynne ... has five brothers and sisters ... served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Micronesia, Guam ... is an Eagle Scout ... married Kera Yates in December, 2001 ... named to the 2001 NBC (National Baseball Congress) World Series All-America Team as he played for the Orange County (California) Scorpions in the 48-team tourney at Wichita, Kansas in summer 2001 ... he was 10 of 19 from the plate for a .526 batting average during the tournament...favorite restaurant is Harpoon Henry's at Dana Point, Calif.

Before BYU

Prepped at Olympus High, where he was coached by Dave Wiseman ... was team MVP and lettered three times ... was all-state and all-region.

Other College

Coached by Jack Hodges at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, California ... made the dean's list and was All-Orange Empire Conference ... batted .350 with seven homers as a sophomore and played in the California JC Championships ... recruited by Utah, Pepperdine, San Diego State, Georgia, and Tulane.


Year     Avg.   G-GS   AB   R   H   2B   3B   HR   RBI   TB   SLG%   BB   SO   PO   A   E   FLD%
2001    .296   36-34  125  26  37   10    0    3    20   56   .448   15   23  223  23   4   .984
2002    .271   52-49  177  28  48    8    2    1    22   63   .356   10   26  235  44   4   .986
TOTALS  .281   88-83  302  54  85   18    2    4    42  119   .394   25   49  458  67   8   .985
BYU Hall of Fame

Freshman Year

Sophmore Year

Junior Year 2001

Started 34 of his 36 games last year at catcher and hit 10 doubles ... got off to a good start and was the team's leading hitter at .458 through his first seven games until he suffered a broken toe at Cal-Berkeley ... selected co-captain for BYU.

Senior Year 2002

His .985 career fielding percentage finished fifth in in the BYU career record books (min. 500 chances) ... homered in BYU's victory at the University of Pacific ... had a key double down the leftfield line in one of BYU's victories at UNLV ... doubled down the leftfield line again to give BYU its go-ahead run in the first victory in Provo over UNLV ... another double down the leftfield line tied the score in the ninth to force an extra inning against New Mexico in Provo ... hit a two-out triple in the eighth inning in BYU's 1-0 loss at Notre Dame ... his tag in the eighth inning ended San Diego State's comeback attempt in the first of two Cougar victories over SDSU in the Mountain West Conference Tournament.

Graduate Year

Redshirt Year

Medical Redshirt Year