Vaughn Pulls the Trigger

Vaughn Pulls the Trigger

Local two-way player becomes California's first commit of the 2016 cycle after touching off a six-run rally to defeat the Cuban national team earlier this summer.

Santa Rosa (Calif.) Maria Carrillo sophomore Andrew Vaughn had quite an eventful summer. After lifting Team USA 15U to a 6-1 victory over Cuba in the COPABE Pan American Championships in Columbia – a feat that won him the MVP of the Gold Medal game – the 5-foot-9, 170-pound middle infielder returned home to visit his "dream school" – California.

After touring the campus on Aug. 18, the 2016 prospect and his family sat down in head coach David Esquer's office with the entire Bears coaching staff, and was told that he had earned a scholarship offer. It didn't take him long to say he'd take it, becoming Cal's first commit of the 2016 class.

While in Columbia, Vaughn touched off a six-run, no-out rally in the fourth inning against the Cubans with a three-run home run to erase a 1-0 deficit.

"As soon as I hit it, I knew it was gone," Vaughn said.

The Bears first got a good look at Vaughn during their summer prospect camp, and after two months, pitching coach Mike Neu had seen all he needed to.

"He said that they liked how I pitched and played," said Vaughn, who paired a .321 batting average with a 1.45 ERA in five games on the hill. "It's my dream school. I've always liked going to the games and watching them, and it's just such a nice campus."

Vaughn attended numerous games at Evans Diamond as a youngster, and before entering high school, got to see the school up-close as part of an honors society field trip.

As a freshman, Vaughn boasted a 3.83 GPA in the classroom, while not making a single error on the diamond. At the dish, he walked 15 times to just five strikeouts, ranking second on the team with a .442 on-base percentage. He drove in 13 RBIs (second on the team), with four doubles, three stolen bases and nine runs scored.

Vaughn's fastball tops out at 87, and he also features a curveball and a change. He's projected to grow to 5-foot-11, and for now, Cal is waiting to see where he develops, position-wise. His goal for his sophomore season is to improve on his 2-1 record as a pitcher, and hit .400.

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