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Valerie Ortega
Valerie  Ortega


Ventura, Calif.

High School:
Oaks Christian





Sitzman Pitches Shutout As Wildcats Blank Temple, 3-0

Junior pitcher walked one and struck out four in first victory of season


Wildcats Lose Series Finale to No. 10 Louisville, 8-1

Ali Lowe was 2-for-3 for Villanova in final game of weekend


Smetana Drives in Three Runs But Wildcats Fall to No. 10 Louisville, 5-4

Cardinals scored four runs in top of the sixth inning to retake lead


Poppe Strikes Out Eight in 1-0 Loss to Syracuse in Doubleheader Opener

Only run of the game came on a solo home run in bottom of the first inning


Poppe Tosses Shutout as Wildcats Down Rutgers 3-0

Scarlet Knights won the opening game of the doubleheader 8-2

2012: Appeared and started in 55 games as a junior at first base ... Batted .339, the third-best on the team ... Had 58 hits, scored 28 runs, and 17 RBIs ... Her 16 doubles were a team-high ... Notched a single-game high with three doubles against Jacksonville (Feb. 17) ... Hit one triple against Seton Hall (May 6) ... Earned a single-game high four hits when at bat versus Cleaveland State (Mar. 9) ... Led the BIG EAST in doubles per game (.29).

2011: Started all 49 games at first base in her sophomore season... Tied for second on the team in batting average (.308) and home runs (2)... Second on the team in hits (44) and RBIs (21)... Tied for first in doubles with eight... Led the team with 15 multi-hit games and was second with five multi-RBI games... Named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll (April 4)... Third on the team in BIG EAST batting average (.328) and led the team in BIG EAST hits (21)... Had two hits, a run scored and four RBIs in a win over Eastern Tennessee State (March 4)... Had two hits and an RBI including the go-ahead double against Jacksonville (March 5)... Had two hits, a run scored and three RBIs in a win over Hampton (March 18)... Threw a scoreless two-thirds of an inning in her only pitching appearance of the season in the win over Hampton... Had back-to-back two-hit games in wins over St. Joseph's (March 22) and Louisville (March 26)... Had three multi-hit games in a row against Louisville (March 27) and a doubleheader against Delaware (March 29)... Had two hits and two RBIs in a win over Georgetown (April 3)... Had three hits, two runs scored and two RBIs in a win over La Salle (April 7).

2010: Played in 32 games and earned 29 starts... Missed most of the non-conference season after being injured in the first weekend... Returned for the start of conference season... Posted a .327 conference batting average and .426 on-base mark... Connected on 24 hits and recorded eight runs... Tallied two doubles and two homeruns... Had a .423 conference slugging percentage... went 3-for-4 with one RBI against UConn on May 2... Went 1-for-4 with one RBI in the BIG EAST Tournament game against Syracuse... A second team All-BIG EAST selection.

Oaks Christian High School: Four-year letterwinner... Was named to the first team all-league for four consecutive years...2009 team MVP... Offensive Player of the Year... Played for West L.A. in 2009 LA County All-Star game...Second team all-county in 2008... Hit .428 through 88 at bats as a junior to lead the league... Played for the So Cal Diamonds and was coached by Paul Garziano.

Personal: Born 2/12/91 ... Daughter of Gene and Eyvonne Ortega... Has a younger brother, Adam...Family member John Guerrero was a member of the 1988 USC football team that won the Rose Bowl.