Cal baseball’s star slugger named finalist for Golden Spikes Award

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Andrew Vaughn has inched just a little closer to college baseball history.

Hours after being named to the Pac-12’s All-Conference Team, Vaughn was named one of four finalists for the Golden Spikes Award.

There has never been a repeat winner of the Golden Spikes Award since it was introduced 1978, but Vaughn, who won the award last season, has the chance to become the first.

Oregon State’s Adley Rutschman, Vanderbilt’s JJ Bleday and Navy’s Noah Song were named finalists as well.

Vaughn is having another other-worldly season at the plate, slashing .387/.549/.728 (batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage) with 15 home runs and 49 RBI. His on-base percentage currently ranks third in the nation, trailing only Rutschman and Army’s Jacob Hurtubise.

The slugger’s numbers are noticeably lower compared to 2018, but part of that is due to opposing pitchers’ reluctance to pitch to him. Last season, Vaughn hit .402/.531/.819 with 23 home runs and 63 RBI.

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