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Goossen-Brown, Morales Named Baseball Weekly Award Winners


Juniors Josh Goossen-Brown of Cal State Northridge and UC Irvine's Andrew Morales registered the most impressive performances across the league to garner Big West Baseball Field Player and Pitcher of the Week honors.

Goossen-Brown Plays Direct Role In Three Matador Wins

Junior Josh Goossen-Brown (Sherman Oaks, Calif./LA Valley College) led Cal State Northridge offensively in a 4-1 week to claim Big West Baseball Field Player of the Week accolades.alt

The first baseman batted .526 (10-for-19) with four runs scored and seven RBI, with four of his 10 hits going for extra bases.  Goossen-Brown scored the game-winning run twice in the UC Riverside series as the Matadors gained a Big West sweep for the first time since 2010 against Long Beach State.

He began the week Monday with a game-winning two-run double in the eighth against Cal State Bakersfield and cemented the 2-1 win by picking up the save in the ninth.

In a 9-7, 10-inning loss to Loyola Marymount the next day, Goossen-Brown delivered a 3-for-5 performance with a double, triple and three RBI.

Goossen-Brown collected his second three-hit effort of the week in the series opener versus the Highlanders, finishing 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a stolen base in a 5-3 win.

In Saturday's 3-1 triumph, Goossen-Brown was 2-for-4 with the game-winning run, and followed suit Sunday with another game-clincher as the Matadors romped to a 15-3 victory.

For the week, Goossen-Brown recorded a .591 on base percentage and .789 slugging percentage while upping his average in conference play to .360 with a team-high nine hits and five RBIs.

Others nominated:  Denver Chavez (Cal Poly); Richy Pedroza (Cal State Fullerton); Taylor Sparks (UC Irvine); Woody Woodward (UC Santa Barbara); Tyler Sullivan (Pacific)

Morales Throws Six Perfect Innings In Impressive Effort

UC Irvine junior Andrew Morales (Covina, Calif./Rio Hondo CC) earned his team-high seventh win of the year, earning Big West Baseball Pitcher of the Week accolades after shutting down Hawai’i.

The 6-0 right-hander pitched a perfect game through six innings before yielding a single in the seventh.  Morales recovered to retire the next three batters and the bullpen handled the rest as UCI recorded the 9-0 shutout victory.

Morales threw just 75 pitches in the seven-inning stint and lowered his ERA to 1.81 in the process.

Others nominated:  Thomas Eshelman (Cal State Fullerton); John Salas (Cal State Northridge); John Haberman (Pacific)