Ponderosa grad Geoff Rossi to play for St. Cloud State

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St. Cloud State University (Minn.) baseball coach Pat Dolan has announced that the following athletes have indicated that they will attend the University and play baseball for the Huskies beginning in the fall of 2010. The group includes Geoff Rossi of Shingle Springs. Rossi played as a right-handed pitcher for Ponderosa High School. An All-League recipient this spring, Rossi posted an 11-3 record in two seasons of varisty baseball at Ponderosa High School. He was 5-0 in American Legion baseball during the 2009 season, and he highlighted his 2010 high school season by throwing a no-hitter. Rossi charted a 1.45 ERA with 66 strikeouts in 2009 and he his ERA this spring was 2.17 with 68 strikeouts to his credit. “Geoff (Rossi) travelled a long way from California to take a look at our campus and fell in love with it and our facilities,” Pratt said. “He is a player who strives to learn and he could be in the starting mix or a relief role.” "We are very excited to have these fine young men become a part of our Husky Baseball Family. Not only are they all very solid baseball players, but they are also all solid students and great young men who we believe will fit well into our program," Dolan said. "With the NSIC changing the regular season format, we knew we were going to need much more pitching depth. We are now playing 34 games in a six-week stretch with six games each week. Also, one of our areas of concern was our bullpen and pitching depth," Dolan said. "We are hoping Austan (Bosch) and Zach (Bunting) can come in right away and be impact starters, while Nick (Maiers) and Geoff (Rossi) as freshmen can come in as relief pitchers or possibly redshirt. When you add our fall signees (Garrett Anderson, Jordan Milbreth and Chris Kubitz) it really has developed into a potentially great group of pitching recruits." Pratt added, “With the loss of three senior pitchers from our 2010 roster, it was important to sign some quality arms as replacements for these seniors who meant so much to our program.” The St. Cloud State baseball team completed its 2010 season with a school record 41 victories (41-17, 23-9 NSIC). This spring SCSU received its first NCAA Division II regional bid since 1991 and the Huskies finished the 2010 season with a second place ending at the NCAA Division II Central Regional tournament in Farmington, N.M. St. Cloud State is located in the city of St. Cloud, Minn., approximately one hour northwest of Minneapolis. The Huskies compete in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and they are an NCAA Division II affiliate.