8 - Matt Valaika
Matt Valaika
Born: 04/02/1988
Height: 5-10
Weight: 190
Year: Senior
Hometown: Valencia, Calif.
High School: Hart HS
Position: Infield
2009
All-Big West Honorable Mention

As a junior, led the Gauchos with a .343 batting average and .545 slugging percentage...Set career-bests in most offensive categories, including his 40 runs, 45 RBI and 16 doubles...Had a .411 on-base percentage...Named Big West Player of the Week on May 11 after going 8-for-13 with nine RBI, four doubles, six runs scored in four games...Joined Joe Gardner in sweeping the weekly conference honors, first time the Gauchos have swept the weekly awards since Jim Bullard and Chad Peshke did so in 2001...Valaika's week was highlighted with a 4-for-4 performance with four RBI, four runs scored, a double and home run vs. Long Beach State on May 9...Also had four RBI in Apr. 1 victory over No. 21 San Diego State...Posted a 10-game hitting streak from May 2-22 in which he batted .472...Also had a nine-game hitting streak from Apr. 15-28 when he hit .371...Led the team with 13 multi-RBI games...Also had 17 multi-hit games...Started 43 of his 48 games at second base...His sixth homer, tying his previous best, came on May 22 vs. No. 1 UC Irvine when he had two hits, two runs and two RBI...Was one of the hardest to fan as he struck out just 16 times...Totaled 97 bases, second on the team...Named to the Dairy Queen Classic Tournament Team after going 6-for-13 with four RBI and five runs scored in three games...Had two doubles and three RBI in Apr. 9 win at UC Davis...Went 3-for-5 with three RBI on Feb. 28 vs. Hawai'i...Also went 3-for-5 with three RBI on Mar. 8 vs. Loyola Marymount. 2008
Played in 18 games, including 17 starts...Batted .333 with two doubles, two home runs, and five RBI...Scored 15 runs...Was successful in two out of three stolen base attempts...Had a .406 on-base percentage...Went 4-for-4 with a home run, two RBI, and two runs against Cal State Northridge on Mar. 5...Went 4-for-5 with three runs against Southern Utah on Mar. 14. 2007
Started all 37 games he played in, one of only three players on the team to accomplish this feat...Hit .244 in 135 at bats with 20 runs, eight doubles, two triples, six homeruns, and 27 RBI...His six homeruns tied him for first on the team, while his .467 slugging percentage was good enough for third...Fielded an impressive .978 with only four errors in 186 chances...Turned 20 double-plays as a second basemen...Had three hits twice on the season, including a three-for-four, two run, three RBI effort on April 17 against Westmont...Had seven multi-hit games...Hit .363 with nine runs and eight RBI in a six game span from April 27 to May 6...Sat out final nine games of season due to a hand injury sustained on a loss to Long Beach State on May 12. High School
Played for Jim Ozella at Hart High School, where he played shortstop for the Indians...Three-time First Team All-Foothill League selection...Batted .380 with a homerun and 16 doubles as a senior...Tallied an impressive .375 batting average as a junior...Had his best year in terms of average as a sophomore, batting .410 with one homerun...Was an outstanding soccer player for Hart, setting the Foothill League single season record for goals (40)...Selected as a Scholar Athlete...Also recruited by Gonzaga and Santa Clara. Personal
Born April 2, 1988 in Santa Monica, Calif...Majoring in sociology with a minor in health and exercise science...If he was not playing baseball, he would be on the pitch playing soccer...Roots for the Chicago Cubs...Favorite athlete is Roger Federer...Most memorable sports moment was watching the Boston Red Sox win the World Series...Favorite movies are "Blow" and "Legends of the Fall"...Favorite TV show is "Entourage"...Subscribes to "Sports Illustrated"...Lists "Tuesday's With Morrie" as his favorite book...Wants people to know he's an Aries...Would invite Kimbo Slice, Jesus and Victoria Beckham to dinner if he could...Best baseball advice received was "be your own person"...Has three brothers, former Gaucho Chris, Patrick, and Nicholas, and one sister, Briana...Son of Jeff and Ilona Valaika.
YearG-GSABRH2B3BHRRBISB-ATTSOBBAVG.
200737-371352033826272-4195.244
200818-1760152040252-3126.333
2009    50-48   178     40      61      16      1       6       45      1-2     16      13      .343
Totals105-1023737511428314775-94724.306

Career-Highs
At-bats512 times12 times
Hits4three timesthree times
Runs4vs. Long Beach State5/9/09
Runs Batted In4twicetwice
Stolen Bases1three timesthree times
Extra Base Hits2three timesthree times
Strikeouts2five timesfive times
Walks119 times19 times