BERKELY, Calif. – Andrew Vaughn ’16 out of Maria Carrillo High School (Santa Rosa, CA), has committed to play baseball for the University of California, Berkeley. In an interview with College Baseball Central on Wednesday, Vaughn explained why he chose Cal to be the recipient of his collegiate baseball pursuits.
“It’s always been a dream school of mine,” Vaughn said. “Coach Esquer is great and the whole thing just felt right when I visited.”
Vaughn hit .321 in 27 games during his freshman season, and furthermore, launched a three-run bomb in August to push Team USA’s 15 U baseball team to a 6-1 victory over Cuba in the COPABE Pan American Championships to secure the gold medal.
Vaughn, a 5-foot-9 and a half inch, 180lb. RHP/MIF has been clocked at a 7.6 60 yard dash, and was among 40 players on a national scale that were invited to the 2013 team trials at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C., where he made the final team of 20 players.
Vaughn is a two-way threat on the diamond, possessing a strong right arm from the mound that registered a 1.45 ERA over 19.1 innings pitched with 23 strikeouts during his freshman year.
“When I pitch I like to use strategy,” Vaughn added. “I try to get you out, by making you get yourself out.”
“I want to work in to the starting lineup as a true freshman,” Vaughn explained. “I want to work my best, and play to the best of my ability at all times.”
Esquer was brought on as the head baseball coach at Cal for the 2010 season. Esquer possesses a career record of 316-290-2 (.521), he has skippered the Bears to NCAA Regionals in 2001, 2008, and 2010, and stood titled as the Pac-10 Conference coach of the year in 2001.
During 2011, Esquer coached the Bears back to their first College World Series attendance since 1992, and was even bejeweled national baseball coach of the year by the National College Baseball Writers Association.
Vaughn should play well under his system.