AS A JUNIOR (2010): Crushed a number of Irish records with one of the most dominating seasons by a Notre Dame pitcher ... BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year ... first team all-BIG EAST ... NFCA all-region performer ... finished the regular season with a school-record 35 wins while posting an overall slate of 38-7 ... posted a 16-1 mark from the circle in BIG EAST play ... the win total is the second-highest in league history ... won 26 of her last 27 league decisions, the best two-season stretch in league history (regular season only), heading into the BIG EAST Tournament ... her 14 complete BIG EAST games in 2010 tied her for fourth all-time in that category ... led the BIG EAST with a 1.34 ERA and 93 strikeouts in league play ... totaled 16 shutouts (ranked fourth nationally) and her 274 strikeouts marked the 29th-best total in the country ... second on the school's single-season charts in games started (44), complete games (31) and innings (264.2) ... notched the win in the Irish opener against Creighton (Feb. 12) with 10 strikeouts in 6.0 innings ... held No. 1 Washington (Feb. 14) scoreless for the first 4.0 innings of a 5-0 loss ... started each of Notre Dame's three games at the Southern Miss Mizuno Classic, earning two wins and even notching a save while being named the BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week (Feb. 22) ... tossed 16.2 innings with 24 strikeouts while giving up eight hits as not a single run crossed the plate under her watch ... limited Louisiana Tech (Feb. 20) to three hits and fanned 13 Techsters ... it was the sixth game of her career with 10+ strikeouts ... started against Southern Miss (Feb. 20) and received four runs in the first inning from the Irish offense ... pulled after the first inning, and Notre Dame then gave up six runs to make it a 7-6 contest in the bottom of the sixth ... reentered the game with the bases loaded and one out, taking care of the next five Golden Eagle batters to notch the save ... then blanked Stephen F. Austin (Feb. 21) and squeezed out of another jam in the seventh ... sitting on a 3-0 lead, gave up three singles in the bottom half of the final frame without an out, but retired the next three batters in order to secure the complete-game shutout ... earned two wins over Virginia at the Cavalier Invite (Feb. 26-27), needing 12.0 innings of nine-hit ball with three earned runs and 10 strikeouts to extend her winning streak to four games ... two-hitter at UC Riverside (March 7) and took a no-hitter into the seventh at CS Northridge (March 10) ... the Matadors ended up with one hit in the game ... one-hitter against Purdue (March 14) ... went 26.0 scoreless innings from March 6-March 13 ... won 17 straight games from Feb. 20-March 28, the second longest streak of her career ... tossed nine complete games in March ... struck out 10 or more batters in three contests in March ... named BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week twice throughout the second month of the season ... tossed first collegiate no-hitter at Seton Hall (March 27), needing 5.0 innings and faced one over the minimum ... hurled a pair of shutouts against Rutgers (April 1-3), the latter of which was good for her 10th complete-game shutout of the season, working around six hits and punching out five without a walk ... notched her 13th shutout of the season with a one-hitter against USF (April 11), capping off a three-game sweep of the Bulls ... took a perfect game into the fifth inning of that game as well ... in her first complete-game effort of the weekend against the Bulls (April 10), gave up three hits in a 4-2 win on national television ... finished the week with a 2-0 record, giving up a total of four hits in 14.0 innings and held batters to a mere .089 average at the dish ... the efforts not only helped the Irish to a three-game sweep, but extended Notre Dame's winning streak over the Bulls to five games - the longest in the series history - following a two-game sweep in 2009 ... won five games without allowing an earned run in 27.1 innings of work for the week of April 14-18 ... blanked Georgetown (April 14) with 12 strikeouts and one walk ... tossed a brilliant one-hitter at Louisville (April 17) and also notched the win over the Cardinals one day later (the only hit permitted in the opener against Louisville, a two-out bunt single in the fifth, was the first hit allowed by Valdivia in three appearances covering 9.1 innings) ... went 35.0 innings without allowing a run until the seventh inning of an April 18 contest at Louisville (unearned) to become the third pitcher in league history (since round-robin play began in 1992) to record two or more double-digit win totals in regular-season play ... named BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week (April 19) ... did not allow an earned run in 37.2 straight frames, a streak which was halted at DePaul (April 22) with her first BIG EAST loss in 20 decisions, dating back to 2008 ... her 20-0 thrashing of league foes included 20 starts and 23 appearances with a 1.14 ERA in 135.2 innings with 144 strikeouts ... furthermore, the streak featured one no-hitter, four one-hitters, seven shutouts, only 22 extra-base hits and five games with 10+ strikeouts while holding the opposition to a .175 batting average ... twice blanked Villanova (April 24-25), including a five-inning one-hitter with five strikeouts ... fanned nine during a two-hitter against Bowling Green (April 28), and in doing so became Notre Dame's single-season leader with 31 wins from the circle ... blanked Providence (May 13) in 5.0 innings of work with four strikeouts at the BIG EAST Tournament.
AS A SOPHOMORE (2009): Showed remarkable improvement from the circle in all facets of her pitching ... BIG EAST All-Tournament Team selection ... second team all-BIG EAST ... the only BIG EAST pitcher without a loss through the entire league slate ... fourth among BIG EAST pitchers with 1.60 ERA in league play ... second in opposing batting average (.193) ... tied for sixth with 81 batters struck out (22 looking at strike three) ... tied for third with Brittney Bargar with 10 wins ... posted a 19-5 overall record with a 2.28 ERA in 159.1 innings ... appeared in 32 games while starting 26 contests ... 165 strikeouts ... after starting the season with a 2-5 record (including four straight losses in her first four starts), was victorious in each of her last 17 decisions ... last loss came against No. 12 Arizona (March 14) ... struck out at least 10 batters on four occasions ... earned her first win against UC Santa Barbara (March 7) after striking out seven and allowing two earned runs ... one-hitter with eight strikeouts versus Western Michigan (March 25) ... stepped in to toss 3.0 scoreless innings against Northern Illinois (April 1) for her lone save ... fanned 14 batters while giving up one earned run against Pittsburgh (April 4) ... posted a win over Seton Hall (April 5) while giving up one hit in 5.0 innings ... limited DePaul (April 8) to four hits and one earned run with eight strikeouts ... posted four consecutive complete-game wins while giving up just four earned runs and 12 hits, shelving victories against Wisconsin (April 14), Villanova (April 18), Rutgers (April 19) and North Dakota State (April 22) ... named the BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week (May 4) after picking up three league wins over the respective stretch ... struck out at least 10 batters in two of the Fighting Irish's four games over that week, notching 11 at Georgetown (May 1 - a game continued from its March 29 start date) and 10 at Providence (April 30) ... in her 21.2 innings of work, allowed only six earned runs for a 1.94 ERA ... collected 28 strikeouts on the week, including the only two batters she faced in relief of game one against Louisville (May 3) ... she then earned the game-two win against the Cardinals after striking out five in 7.0 innings ... picked up a win against St. John's (May 7) to open the BIG EAST Championship ... allowed two hits without surrendering an earned run in 7.0 innings ... teamed with Bargar to keep the Irish flawless in the earned run department throughout the three-game tournament ... the duo also held opposing teams to a .143 batting average in the showdown ... gave up one earned run in 4.2 innings of action during three appearances at the NCAA Tournament.
AS A FRESHMAN (2008): Logged 109.2 innings from the circle with 22 starts and 26 appearances ... relived 129 batters on three strikes for a 1.18 K/inning ratio ... sported an 8-7 record with a 3.15 ERA ... sat down 14 batters against Eastern Michigan (April 9), the highest total of any Irish pitcher this season ... made her debut against Western Kentucky (Feb. 16) and struck out nine Hilltoppers ... also fanned nine in wins against UC Davis (March 1) and CS Fullerton (March 8) ... also held the Titans to only two hits in the complete-game blanking ... has recorded three solo shutouts and combined with Brittney Bargar for a fourth ... held North Florida (Feb. 23) without a score in 7.0 frames of one-out ball ... limited UCLA (March 7) to a pair of earned runs ... picked up a win against Charleston Southern (March 14) without allowing an earned run and struck out seven ... fanned seven batters in a losing effort against Towson (March 15) ... named the BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week on March 31 after picking up her fifth win of the season by handing DePaul (March 30) a 2-0 defeat in her first career BIG EAST action to secure the honor ... the occasion marked the third time in seven weeks that an Irish pitcher had won the award, as Bargar claimed the accolade twice earlier in the season ... she needed only 10.2 innings of work to pick up two shutout wins over the course of the award-winning week ... she dealt DePaul its first regular-season league loss since the 2006 campaign by keeping the Blue Demons at bay with a five-hit effort ... it was also Notre Dame's first win at DePaul since the 2005 season ... the win signified the first time that Notre Dame beat an opponent that carried a No. 17 ranking, and was the 16th time the Irish shut out a ranked foe ... she also limited IUPUI (March 26) to only three hits without a walk while fanning seven in Notre Dame's home opener ... struck out nine batters without allowing a single run over the course of those two outings ... tallied eight strikeouts in 5.2 innings at St. John's (April 5).
PREP AND PERSONAL: California's Century League Pitcher of the Year in 2006 ... led Orange County in strikeouts that season with 302 ... Canyon (Calif.) team MVP in each of her last two campaigns ... three-time first team all-Century League ... three-time first team all-Orange County ... all-state performer in 2005, 2006 and 2007 ... chosen Orange County Register's Player of the Week during the 2007 campaign ... named to the Michelle Carew all-tournament team in 2005 and 2006 ... pitched in the North/South Senior All-Star game in 2007 ... also took part in the Orange County All-State game and the Orange County/Riverside County All-Star game ... played travel ball for the California Cruisers, who earned a third-place finish during the 2006 national tournament in the 18-under Gold division ... previously played for Explosion, whom she led to a first-place finish at the 16-under Nationals ... recipient of school's Top of the Tribe award with a 4.8 GPA ... four-time scholar-athlete honoree ... daughter of Joe and Sheila Valdivia ... has one sister, Veronica, and a brother, Jesse ... born Jan. 2, 1989 ... enrolled in the College of Arts & Letters as a psychology and sociology major.
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