It is hard to think of Cal baseball in 2018 without thinking of sophomore Andrew Vaughn — the walking home run derby, himself. In his second year as a Golden Bear, Vaughn put up stellar numbers over his stat line, which deservingly earned him the title of Pac-12 Player of the Year.
In addition to Vaughn, juniors Tanner Dodson and Jonah Davis earned spots on the Pac-12 All-Conference Team and juniors Aaron Shortridge and Tyrus Greene earned honorable mentions.
As an infielder, Vaughn strung together one of the best seasons the sport has seen, with a .402 batting average, a .531 on-base percentage, 23 home runs and 63 RBIs. He also tied the campus single-season record for most home runs.
Dodson, a standout two-way player for the Bears, had a strong campaign from the mound, putting up 11 saves along with a 2.47 ERA. At the plate, Dodson hit .320 with 27 RBIs.
Cal’s left fielder, Davis, racked up a .321 average, along with 14 home runs and 58 RBIs.
Another Bear who saw most of his action from the mound was Shortridge, who was a top gunslinger in the Pac-12. He threw a total of 91 innings along the way to a 2.77 ERA and 74 strikeouts.
From behind the plate, Greene served as Cal’s starting catcher and leadoff batter throughout 2018. He got Cal’s lineup going with a .320 average and 28 walks. He allowed just four past balls on the season and threw out 16 on the base pads.
Cal closed out its 2018 season with a 32-22 record, largely with the help of these five Bears. Though the Bears missed out on a bid to the postseason, they put together a competitive campaign, and pending the departure of any players to the MLB draft, Cal will return next year with a solid core.
Christie Aguilar is the sports editor. Contact her at [email protected].