The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder from Houston, Texas, sent one out of the park just inside the left field foul pole off fellow freshman Josh Thomason, who was pitching at the time.
"It felt really great because I've been struggling," said Vaughn, a true freshman infielder. "My first hit of the fall. It felt really great."
Vaughn was smiling a bit as he rounded third and headed home, and why shouldn't he? There are a lot of battles going on out there this fall, and Vaughn wants to play come spring.
"I just think I've been pressing too much," said Vaughn, who bats right and throws right. "I think I've been working too much on my swing instead of just looking at the ball and hitting it. Today I changed that mentality and I just basically put my eye on it and ripped it. Today I came out and said I was just going to do what I did in high school, sit back, look at the ball, and hit it as hard as I can."
It worked. Vaughn hopes it's the kick-start to the next five weekends of fall baseball.
"There's definitely a big difference between high school pitching and college pitching," he said. "I felt good today, so hopefully it will lead to more success in the games ahead. Hopefully I'll keep swinging and hitting better."
The Rebels had two intrasquads this weekend. Coach Mike Bianco was pleased with his troops.
"Solid," he assessed the weekend. "We were explosive Saturday offensively. We hit like eight home runs and two more today. We're really swinging well. That's not to say we're not pitching well. Last week was disappointing in that we walked so many people the first time out.
"We really cut down the walks (this weekend)," he continued. "You have to look at both sides. We played 12 innings (Saturday), so that's 24 innings (pitched) and we only walked two. Today we played nine innings so that's 18 innings and we walked five or six. That was an area we were looking for some improvement from the pitchers, to walk less people."
As far as the hitting, Bianco likes the approach and the results.
"The hitters are getting off some great cuts, very aggressive, very confident swings," he said. "That turns into a lot of extra base hits and a lot of home runs. So a good weekend for us."
Stats from Sunday's scrimmage:
Blue and Red tied 6-6
Jordan Henry – 3-3, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Sean Stuyverson – 1-3, single, walk
Evan Button – 0-3, walk
Logan Power – 1-4, single, 1 RBI
Jeremy Travis – 1-3, single, walk, 1 RBI
Logan Williams – 1-4, single
Kyle Henson – 1-3, home run, hit by pitch, 1 RBI
Fuller Smith – 0-4
Zack Rutland – 0-1, walk
Scott Haltom – 2-2, 2 singles
Tyler Wells – 2-4, single, double
Michael Hubbard – 1-3, double, walk
Tim Ferguson – 0-3, walk
Cullan Kight – 2-3, double, single, walk, 1 RBI
Michael Guerrero – 2-4, 2 singles, 2 RBI
Cody Overbeck – 0-4
Kyle Mills – 2-4, 2 doubles
Matt Smith – 1-4, double
Zach Miller – 0-4
Brett Basham – 0-4
Cliff Vaughn – 1-3, 1 home run, 1 RBI
Drew Pomeranz – 3 IP, 2 hits, 1 run, 3 K
Matt Tracy – 3 IP, 1 hit, 1 walk, 5K
Josh Thomason – 2 and 2/3 IP, 5 hits, 5 runs, 2 walks, 1K
Nathan Baker – 3 IP, 3 hits, 1 walk, 3K
David Goforth – 2 and 2/3 IP, 0 hits, 1 run, 4 walks, 2 K
Jake Morgan – 2 and 2/3 IP, 6 hits, 5 runs, 1 K
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