Pat Valaika goes 2-for-4 with one double, one run in Pac-12 loss
Played in 17 games, making three starts (two at first base, one as designated hitter)...batted .238 (5-for-21) with seven RBI and one run...recorded a .308 on-base percentage...went 2-for-4 with one run and a career-high three RBI in UCLA's 8-5 win at California (May 19).
Played in two games, making one start as the designated hitter against Cal State Bakersfield (May 15)...went 1-for-3 with a bunt single as his first collegiate hit in UCLA's 3-2 series-clinching victory over Cal State Bakersfield (May 15)...made his collegiate debut as a pinch-hitter against San Jose State (Feb. 26).
Played in 32 games for the Springfield Sliders of the Prospect League...batted .253 with two triples, two doubles, nine RBI and 11 runs...played for Springfield alongside UCLA teammate Tyler Heineman...Springfield went 35-19 overall, finishing first in the Western Division of the Prospect League.
Three-year varsity baseball and football letterwinner at Laguna Hills High School under head coaches Pete Tereschuk and Bruce Ingalls, respectively...served as the varsity baseball team's captain as a senior (2009), missing nearly the entire year with a shoulder injury...batted .363 as a junior (2008), collecting three home runs, six doubles, 17 RBI, 27 runs, 20 walks and seven stolen bases...earned first-team All-Pacific Coast League accolades as a junior in addition to being named team defensive MVP...helped lead Laguna Hills to the Pacific Coast Title in 2007 and 2008...batted .441 as a sophomore, totaling one home run, two triples, six doubles, 17 runs and 15 RBI...secured second-team All-Pacific Coast League accolades as a sophomore...played for the 2008 South Coast Connie Mack team in the 18-and-under WWBA Championships...as a running back on the Laguna Hills football team, named CIF Utility Player of the Year as a senior (2008)...secured first-team All-Pacific Coast League honors as a junior and second-team accolades as a sophomore...named the 2009 Laguna Hills High School Scholar-Athlete of the Year...a talented student-athlete, was a four-year California Scholarship Federation (CSF) member and was a Medallion Scholar (top five percent of class, GPA).
Full name: Matthew Steven Giovinazzo...born November 27, 1990 in Los Angeles...Matt is the younger of Vincent and Susan Giovinazzo's two sons...older brother, Chris, played in the outfield on UCLA's baseball team from 2008-2011...his uncle, Nick, played football at UCLA and his father, Vincent, attended UCLA...undeclared major.
At-bats - 4 at California (5/19/12)
Runs - 1 at California (5/19/12)
Hits - 2 at California (5/19/12)
RBI - 3 at California (5/19/12)