On Monday, Vaughn -- who went 3-for-4 with a game-winning two-run home run on Sunday, and hit a game-winning grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the ninth on Friday -- earned National Player of the Week honors from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and the Pac-12 Player of the Week award.
Vaughn is the first Cal baseball player to earn National Player of the Week honors since Brian Celsi received the honor from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper in 2015. Eventual Pac-12 Player of the Year Brett Cumberland was Cal’s last Pac-12 Player of the Week, having earned the award twice on his way to being named the conference’s Player of the Year in 2016. Vaughn’s award represents the 51st time a Cal baseball player has received the conference’s weekly award.
Vaughn has just concluded arguably the most impactful week in the past decade of Cal baseball, capped by two walk-off home runs in the sweep of USC, with highlights in the video above. Vaughn is in the midst of a six-game hitting streak, his third streak of at least six games this season. Over the past four games, Vaughn went 7-for-15 (.467), with 12 RBIs, 3 home runs (including a grand slam), 6 walks and 3 intentional walks with 3 runs scored.
Both of Vaughn's game-winning home runs came off of Trojans closer Bryce Dyrda, who came into the weekend with a 1.09 ERA.
Vaughn paces the Pac-12 with 11 home runs, and his .371 batting average ranks fifth in the league. His .629 slugging percentage and 56 hits are both second in the league, while his 43 RBIs are first in the conference, tied with Arizona's J.J. Matijevic.