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Baseball: Ex-Notre Dame pitcher signs with CS Northridge

In an interesting twist, former Sherman Oaks Notre Dame pitcher Josh Goossen-Brown has signed a letter of intent with Cal State Northridge even though the coach who recruited him, Steve Rousey, is no longer at Northridge.

Goossen-Brown, who was a standout this past season at Los Angeles Valley College, signed after the approval of Athletic Director Rick Mazzuto. Goossen-Brown was the Western State Conference Southern Division player of the year.

Mazzuto is in the process of hiring a new coach. The school is expected to begin interviews in the next week.

-- Eric Sondheimer

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A Matador: In reference to your comment about Josh not receiving other offers, you could not be more wrong. He had offers from SDSU, Fullerton, Oregon, and many other D1 schools. MVP at Notre Dame High, and MVP at LAVC- save your comments about stats, he's obviously doing something right!

JC Asst Coach

Take it from me, this kid is a proven winner. Forget stats, this kid knows how to win.


Oh and by the way Goose was awarded the winner of the Gold Glove as a 3rd baseman and a proven power hitter at LAVC. Pitching is just a bonus at CSUN.


He's for real, the only mistake Rousey made was not taking Goossen-Brown right out of Notre Dame HS after he was named Mission League MVP. He might still have his job today if Goose would have played at CSUN last season rather than LAVC!

A Matador

Ok, I'll take your word for it. I simply would like the new coach to be making decisions on players, rather than the AD.
If he's contacting Mazzuto, presumably he doen't have any other offers.So let him wait a couple of weeks till the new coach is named, so he can determine if he's interested in a reliever(Eric says he was signed as a pitcher) who has exactly one save,allowed opposing batters a .310 BA,and didn't strike out a batter an inning.
He hit .341, but wasn't a power guy(less than a third of his hits were for extra bases), and we return our third baseman.
Rousey's track record on JC pitchers was awful, so there's reason to be leery and not want any more of his recruits in here.But I'd like very much for Josh to prove me wrong.

Pierce Pitcher

He's legit.. end of story.

Goose Fan

You obviusly have not seen this kid play. He is a perfect example of what hard work can do. He had a great senior season and proved himself at the next level by being the MVP at the JC level. You can hate all you want but this kid deserves the shot and any coach and/or program should be happy to have him.

A Matador

He went 2-4 with an ERA of 4.57. Sure sounds like a Steve Rousey caliber recruit. Probably was a good student, so SR wanted him as a way of enhancing the team GPA. He did that a lot, particularly with JC pitchers who ultimately were not of div 1 quality.


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