Brandon Sandoval is a sophomore at Vanguard University and is currently the starting left fielder for the Lions. He was born in Fallbrook, California and attended Fallbrook High School in San Diego. Sandoval has been an everyday starter since last year when he was a freshman. This season he is batting lead-off for the Lions and currently has a batting average (BA) of .307. That is not a bad average at all considering that his main job as a lead-off hitter is to get on base. He has succeeded well in that category as he holds a .398 on-base percentage (OBP), and has 20 walks in 153 at-bats. Sandoval has also been showing off his quickness and base-running abilities by stealing 30 bags in just 35 attempts.
Sandoval had an amazing accomplishment at the end of his freshman season as he was noticed as one of the top freshman in the Golden State Athletic Conference. He finished his freshman season with a .341 batting average, with 70 hits in 205 at-bats. When asking Brandon if he feels pressure to perform at the same level as he did last year and possibly put up better numbers this season, his response was, “Of course. I felt a lot of pressure at the beginning of the season but it has been wearing of as the season goes on. I just try not to do too much at once and stay committed to my game plan.”
With 10 games left in the regular season, Sandoval feels like his team has a solid chance of finishing the season 10-0. If they accomplish that it will give them 40 wins on the season and put them 6 games over the school’s all-time record for most games won in a single baseball season, which are 34. Sandoval is confident that his team will finish the season strong and enter the playoffs with some momentum and confidence.