Cal baseball’s star sophomore named Golden Spikes semifinalist

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Cal baseball’s star slugger sophomore Andrew Vaughn has been named one of 25 semifinalists for the Golden Spikes Award.

Vaughn’s nomination comes as no surprise, as the infielder has put together one of the best seasons in program history.

With three games left in the regular season, the sophomore leads the Bears in every major statistical offensive category and leads the Pac-12 with a .414 batting average and 1.383 OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging percentage).

Vaughn’s accomplishments stack up not only at the conference level but at the national level as well.

Through 51 games, Vaughn ranks in the top six in batting average and the top three in on-base percentage (.535), slugging percentage (.848), total bases (162) and home runs (23).

Regarding the long ball specifically, Vaughn will enter Cal’s final season of the regular season tied with former Bear Xavier Nady for the single-season home run record.

In addition to Vaughn, Oregon State’s Nick Madrigal and Trevor Larnach as well as Arizona State’s Spencer Torkelson will represent the Pac-12. A Cal player has yet to win the award since it was established.

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