Cal Athletics

NCBWA names Cal baseball first baseman Andrew Vaughn a Freshman All-American

Cal freshman first baseman Andrew Vaughn earns another Freshman All-American nod, this one from the NCBWA.

California first baseman Andrew Vaughn has earned a second Freshman All-American nod after his superlative rookie campaign for the Bears, as the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association has voted the Santa Rosa, Calif., native a first-team Freshman All-American. Vaughn was one of three Pac-12 first-teamers, including Oregon Ducks pitcher Kenyon Yovan and Oregon State pitcher Jake Mulholland.

Vaughn is the ninth Cal baseball player to earn Freshman All-American honors. He's the second to be named by both the NCBWA and Collegiate Baseball Newspaper (last week, along with Bears shortstop Cameron Eden). The last time a Golden Bear earned Freshman All-American honors was in 2011, when left-hander Kyle Porter earned the honor from Collegiate Baseball, Perfect Game and Baseball America.

Vaughn secured his name in the national college baseball consciousness with a four-game stretch against USC and Stanford, when he went 7-for-15 with 3 home runs (including 2 walk-offs against the Trojans) and 12 RBIs, earning national Player of the Week honors. Vaughn ranked in the Pac-12 top 10 in multiple categories -- second in total bases (121), third in slugging (.555), third in hits (76), fifth in RBI (50), seventh in batting average (.349) -- and led all Pac-12 freshmen in all of those categories. He finished in a tie with teammate Denis Karas for the Pac-12 lead in home runs (12). His 50 RBIs were the third-most by any Freshman All-American first-team selection.

Vaughn led all Pac-12 freshmen in each of those categories. He also fielded at a .996 clip, after having never played first base in his life. Vaughn was also named Cal's first ever Pac-12 Freshman of the Year in a vote of Pac-12 coaches, and an All-Pac-12 first baseman. Top Stories