The Saint Mary's baseball team was outhit and stranded 11 runners Friday, but Nick Frank allowed one run and struck out nine
AS A SENIOR (2016): Missed all of 2016 season due to injury.
AS A JUNIOR (2015): Appeared in seven games and made five starts before an elbow injury ended his season ... Went 1-1 with a 4.66 ERA in 19.1 innings pitched, striking out 15 and walking 10 in early season action ... Earned the win in his first start of the year, throwing six scoreless innings in a 11-6 win at Seattle on Feb. 15 ... Was also effective in a Feb. 28 start against CSUN, pitching into the fifth inning and allowing just one run on four hits.
AS A SOPHOMORE (2014): Enjoyed a solid second season in Moraga, finishing second on the team in appearances with 20 and compiling a 1-4 record with a 4.15 ERA ... Started seven games, including the final game of the season at Santa Clara ... Third on the team in innings pitched with 52 ... Struck out 38 and walked 32 ... Earned SMC Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week honors after shutting out San Diego State in a seven-inning, rain-shortened game on March 2. Struck out four, walked three and allowed just three hits in the victory ... Had one of the more impressive pitching performances of the season on May 11 against San Francisco, working 7 1/3 scoreless innings out of the bullpen, striking out four and and allowing three hits ... Had lowest opponents' batting average of any pitcher to throw more than 10 innings (.232).
AS A FRESHMAN (2013): Finished the year with a 1-0 record and a 3.32 ERA ... Made 12 appearances with one start ... Tossed 19 innings, allowing seven earned runs with 11 strikeouts ... Allowed only one extra base hit and held opponents to a .267 average ... Earned first collegiate win at Nevada, tossing two scoreless frames on May 7th ... First collegiate start came on May 14th against UC Davis, going three innings and allowing no earned runs ... Most successful stint came at Stanford on April 30th as Valdez tossed 4.1 innings of shutout baseball, allowing three hits, no walks and striking out one.
PRIOR TO SAINT MARY'S: Valdez lands in Moraga after a stellar senior season at Westview High School ... The pitcher from San Diego earned two varsity letters for the Wolverines ... On the mound he went 8-3 with one save and posted a 1.05 ERA ... In 73 innings, he allowed only 49 hits and gave up a mere 11 earned runs ... He held opponents to a .181 batting average and struck out 77 while only walking 23 ... His accolades include Westview High School Pitcher of the Year, First-Team All-Palomar, and Union Tribune All-Academic Team.
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