UCLA Baseball BIO
Pat Valaika
Player Profile:
Pat Valaika 1264480
Position: Infield
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 206
Year: Junior
Hometown: Valencia, Calif.
High School: Hart HS
Started all 66 games at shortstop...batted .253 while leading the team in slugging percentage (.394), RBI (48), doubles (tied, 14), triples (3), home runs (5), sacrifice flies (6) and walks (33)...became the first UCLA player to win Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year honors...was also named to the Division I Rawlings Gold Glove Team...All-Pac-12 selection and first-team ABCA All-West Region selection...was named as one of 14 semifinalists for the Brooks Wallace Award (handed out annually to the nation's top shortstop)...committed only six errors in 277 chances at shortstop, good for a .978 fielding percentage...led the Pac-12 with 202 assists...finished second on the team with 18 multi-hit games and nine mutli-RBI games...hit .265 in Pac-12 play, leading the team with 20 RBI and a .410 slugging percentage in conference play...went 1-for-3 with three RBI on March 1 vs. Wright State...followed that up by matching a career-high with four RBI in a 1-for-3 performance vs. Wright State on March 3...had a season-long nine-game hit streak from March 16 to April 2, recording four multi-hit games in that time span...matched his career-high in RBI again on March 23 vs. California, going 3-for-5 with four RBI...started all 10 postseason games, batting .200 with nine RBI...went 1-for-3 with two RBI in UCLA's 6-0 win over San Diego in the NCAA Los Angeles Regional on June 2...was named to the NCAA Los Angeles Regional All-Tournament Team for the second consecutive year...hit .211 in five College World Series games, knocking in four runs...recorded at least one hit in the final three CWS games...went 1-for-3 with a double and two RBI in UCLA's 4-1 win over North Carolina that sent them to the CWS Finals...posted a 2-for-4 game against Mississippi State in game one of the CWS Finals, recording a RBI...went 1-for-5 with a RBI in UCLA's NCAA Championship-clinching win over Mississippi State in game two of the CWS Finals...selected in the 9th round of the MLB Draft by the Colorado Rockies.

2012 (summer)
Played in 31 games for the Chatham Anglers of the prestigious Cape Cod League, posting a .258 batting average with 12 runs and 16 RBI.

Started 61 games at shortstop...batted .266 with one home run, four triples, 11 doubles, 39 RBI and 37 runs...recorded a .319 on-base percentage and stole five bases in six attempts...hit safely in nine of the Bruins' final 12 games, including six of eight postseason contests...totaled 13 multiple-hit games and nine multiple-RBI efforts...was named to both revised watch lists for the Brooks Wallace Award (distributed annually to the nation's top shortstop)...recorded a season-high-tying three hits and career-best four RBI in the series finale against Baylor, going 3-for-4 with four RBI, one triple and one double...went 1-for-1 with one triple, one RBI and two walks in UCLA's second NCAA Los Angeles Super Regional game, a 4-1 victory over TCU that propelled the Bruins to the College World Series...finished the season with three three-hit games...scored a career-best four runs in the Bruins' 19-7 win at Cal State Northridge (Feb. 21), going 3-for-4 with two doubles, one walk and one RBI...went 4-for-10 (.400) with two walks, two runs and one RBI in a three-game series against Purdue (May 5-6)...also went 4-for-10 (.400) with two walks, one double and three runs in a three-game series versus Oregon (April 5-7).

2011 (summer)
Played in 42 games for the Wenatchee AppleSox of the West Coast Collegiate League...batted .228 with one home run, two triples, four doubles, 27 RBI and 18 runs...played in the league's annual All-Star Game...Wenatchee went 39-15 overall, finishing first in the league's East Division.

Played in 53 games, making 50 starts at shortstop...batted .238, totaling one home run, 10 doubles, 21 runs and 20 RBI...established himself as UCLA's starting shortstop by the fourth weekend of the regular season...registered 10 two-hit games and six multiple-RBI efforts, including a season-high three RBI in UCLA's 9-0 victory against Pepperdine (Feb. 22), going 2-for-3 in that contest with one stolen base...went 2-for-4 with one RBI in UCLA' 4-1 win over San Francisco in an elimination game at the NCAA Los Angeles Regional (June 5)...went 4-for-10 (.400) with one double, two RBI and two runs in UCLA's three-game Pac-10 series at Arizona State (May 27-29)...opened the weekend at Arizona State going 2-for-5 with one double, two RBI and one run (May 27)...hit safely in each of UCLA's three Pac-10 games versus California (May 20-22)...went 5-for-11 (.455) in a three-game Pac-10 series at Stanford...went 2-for-4 with two runs in the series opener at Stanford (April 21)...went 2-for-3 with one solo home run in the series finale at Stanford (April 23)...went 2-for-4 with one double, two RBI and two runs in a 14-6 victory against San Diego State (April 19)...went 2-for-3 with one double and one run in the series finale at Washington State (April 10)...went 1-for-2 with one double, two walks and two runs in UCLA's 10-3 win at Washington State (April 9) to clinch a Pac-10 series victory...went 2-for-4 with one double, two RBI and one run in a 5-3 win over Washington (April 2)...went 2-for-3 with one double, two RBI and one run in a 10-2 victory against Saint Mary's (March 12).

High School
Three-year varsity baseball letterwinner at Hart High School under head coach Jim Ozella...batted .313 as a senior (2010), logging one home run, six doubles, 17 RBI and 13 runs...finished second on the team on the basepaths in 2010, recording 18 stolen bases in 19 attempts...batted .371 as a junior (2009), recording two home runs, one triple, six doubles, 20 RBI and 20 runs...saw limited action on the varsity squad as a sophomore (2008), totaling three at-bats in two games...was the only sophomore to play on Hart's varsity team during the 2008 baseball season...played for the Milwaukee Brewers Gray Team at the 2009 Area Code Games at Blair Field (Long Beach, Calif.)...competed for the South Team at the 2009 North-South Series at Santa Clara University.

Full name: Patrick Ryne Valaika...born September 9, 1992 in Valencia, Calif...Pat is the third of Jeff and Ilona Valaika's four children...has two older brothers in professional baseball - Chris and Matt...has one younger brother, Nick...has one older sister, Briana...brother, Chris, made his major league debut with the Cincinnati Reds in Aug. 2010 and played baseball at UC Santa Barbara...brother, Matt, plays in the St. Louis Cardinals' minor league organization and played baseball at UC Santa Barbara...History major.

Career Highs
At-bats - 6 at UC Irvine (4/16/13)
Runs - 4 at Cal State Northridge (2/21/12)
Hits - 3 (four times), last vs. California (3/23/13)
RBI - 4 (three times), last vs. California (3/23/13)
Doubles - 2 (three times), last vs. California (3/24/13)
Triples - 1 (seven times), last at UC Santa Barbara (5/21/13)
Home Runs - 1 (seven times), last vs. Arizona (5/12/13)
Stolen Bases - 2 at Cal State Northridge (3/12/13)


2011 Fr. .238 53 50 160 21 38 10 0 1 20 51 .319 11 8 26 3 .318 0 7 2 6
2012 So. .266 61 61 229 37 61 11 4 1 39 83 .362 17 2 32 8 .319 3 9 5 6
2013 Jr. .253 66 66 249 32 63 14 3 5 48 98 .394 33 6 44 4 .347 6 4 8 11
TOTALS   .254 180 177 638 90 162 35 7 7 107 232 .364 61 16 102 15 .330 9 20 15 23
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