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Living Up To A Nickname
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Release: 02/19/2004
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Feb. 14, 2004

Brian Gomez
Special for the Scottsdale Republic

SCOTTSDALE - Most people know him as "Tuffy."

That's probably because he's just plain tough.

As he begins his third season on the Arizona State University baseball team, Tuffy Gosewisch, a junior catcher from Horizon High School, isn't held in the same regard as some of his teammates, such as preseason All-Americans Jeff Larish and Dustin Pedroia.

His name isn't mentioned in college baseball's national circles, nor is it revered by opposing players and coaches in the Pac-10.

His picture isn't emblazoned on the cover of ASU's baseball media guide. That spot was set aside for Larish and Pedroia.

No matter how he is perceived by others, Gosewisch remains optimistic that he'll soon reap the benefits of a diligent work ethic and hard-nosed playing style that's as synonymous with him as his first name.

"Most people are confident because they've been successful at something, and I had a decent year last year, and I'm ready to build on it," said Gosewisch, who will start at catcher at 7 tonight when No. 7-ranked ASU meets Cal State Northridge in the Coca-Cola Spring Training Classic at Surprise Stadium.

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