Cal baseball hauls in numerous end-of-season individual honors

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After cracking the postseason for the first time in Mike Neu’s tenure as head coach, it was only appropriate that Cal baseball’s individual talents would be well-honored.

Andrew Vaughn, Jared Horn, Korey Lee and Quentin Selma were named to the All-Conference Team while Darren Baker was named to the All-Defensive Team. The four All-Conference selections are the most the program has had since 2010.

There were a few honorable mentions in the mix as well. Cameron Eden and Arman Sabouri were named honorable mentions to the All-Conference Team while Max Flower was named an honorable mention to the All-Defensive Team.

Vaughn, who earned his third consecutive All-Conference nomination, has racked up the accomplishments since stepping on campus, earning Freshman of the Year in 2017 and Player of the Year in 2018.

Last season, the star’s recognition extended beyond the scope of the conference as he was named the Golden Spikes Award winner, the first in program history.

Vaughn, a Golden Spikes Award finalist, is in the midst of another fantastic season, slashing .387/.549/.728 (batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage) with 15 home runs and 49 RBI.

Should Vaughn win the Golden Spikes Award, he’ll become the first repeat winner since the award’s inception in 1978.

While Vaughn, a projected top-five pick in the MLB draft, has long established himself as one of the conference’s top players, Lee, Horn and Selma all burst onto the scene this season.

Despite missing some starts earlier in the year due to an injury, Horn made up for lost time with the best pitching of his collegiate career. The hurler ended the regular season with an ERA of 1.82, the second-best mark in the Pac-12 and 15th in the nation.

Horn strung together the most impressive stretch of craftsmanship by a Cal pitcher in recent memory by throwing at least eight innings in four consecutive starts, one of those outings being a no run, 10-strikeout performance against No. 1 UCLA.

Doing the catching for Horn was Lee, who got plenty of opportunities to hit when opposing pitchers threw around or intentionally walked Vaughn.

The backstop has put up career-highs in batting average (.340), on-base percentage (.422), slugging percentage (.619), home runs (14) and RBI (56) and was named a semifinalist for the Buster Posey Award.

Of the four players named to the All-Conference Team, Selma’s nomination is the most surprising given the context.

Last season, Selma made a couple starts here and there, but only totaled three hits, all of which were singles, in 29 at-bats. Selma received more playing time to begin this season, but was not a starter until late-March.

The decision to make Selma the regular starting third baseman has paid dividends. Selma has hit all 10 home runs since becoming a full-time starter with a .333 batting average to boot.

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