Cal Baseball: Bears' Vaughn Named One of Four Finalists for Golden Spikes Award

Andrew Vaughn won the Golden Spikes award last year.

Vaughn one of four Cal players named to all-Pac-12 squad

Cal first baseman Andrew Vaughn was named one of four finalists for the Golden Spikes Award as the nation's best amateur baseball player, and he was one four Bears players named to the all-Pac-12 baseball team. Both were announced Wednesday.

Cal players joining Vaughn on the 33-player all-conference team are pitcher Jared Horn, catcher Korey Lee and third baseman Quentin Selma. (Click here for the entire all-Pac-12 team.)

But the headliner is Vaughn, who last year became the first Cal player ever to win the Golden Spikes award. He is the 17th athlete to be named a finalist twice, but the first since Vanderbilt pitcher David Price did it in 2006 and 2007.

(Click here for a video of Vaughn talking about the Bears' postseason game against TCU on Friday in the Arkansas Regional.)

The other three finalists for the award are Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman, Vanderbilt outfielder JJ Bleday and Navy pitcher Noah Song. Those four will be invited to Omaha, Neb., for the June 13 ceremony to announce the winner. A national voting committee will have most of the say in who wins, but a fan-vote component will make up 5 percent of the vote. Fans can vote up to 25 times per day at GoldenSpikesAward.com, starting now through June 10.

Rutschman was named Pac-12 player of the year and UCLA’s Ryan Garcia was named conference pitcher of the year. Vaughn and Horn figured to be contenders for those two honors.

Vaughn finished the regular season hitting .387, which was fifth in the Pac-12, and his .549 on-base percentage ranks third in the nation. He also led the Bears with 15 home runs.

Lee ranked seventh in the conference in RBIs (56), tied for eighth in home runs (14) and 10th in slugging percentage (.619) to go along with a .340 batting average.

Horn ranked second in the Pac-12 with a 1.82 ERA to go along with a 6-1 record.

Selma is batting .322 with 10 home runs, a team-high 14 doubles and a .612 slugging percentage.

(Cal selected to play in Fayetteville Regional, along with TCU, Central Connecticut State and host Arkansas.)

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