Honors & Awards
*2014 Second Team All-ACC selection
*Competed in the 2013 TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha and reached the championship round before falling to Rice's Michael Aquino in the finals, 6-5
*Was named a Freshman All-America by Louisville Slugger
*Drafted in the 11th Round (349th pick) by Oakland in 2012 but chose to enroll at Tech
Second Team All-ACC selection... Finished the season as the only Yellow Jacket to start all 64 games... Hit a career-best .314 and led the team in doubles (21), RBI (37)... His 21 doubles led the ACC and were sixth-most nationally... His .314 batting average was 16th in the ACC... Led the team with eight game-winning RBI... Finished fourth nationally with nine outfield assists... Began the year on a tear as his eight-game hitting streak in early March bumped his season batting average to as high as .481... Had a big weekend against No. 22 Miami as the Yellow Jackets won the series... Hit his first home run of the season against Miami on 3/14... Drove in the eventually game-winning run as the Jackets rallied to beat the Canes, 13-7, on 3/15... Both of his sac flies scored Tech's first two runs in the 3-2 win over Miami in the finale... Had two hits, a double, an RBI and scored twice in Tech's 8-7 win at Kennesaw State on 3/18, including scoring on a balk as the eventually winning run in the ninth... Was 3-for-6 in the series-finale win at No. 13 North Carolina with an RBI... Scored twice in the Game 2 win at UNC -- a 6-5 victory in 13 innings... Set a career-high with a four-hit effort against Georgia Southern on 4/8 with a double, triple, three RBI and two runs... Had two more doubles against Savannah State the next day... Ripped an RBI double that gave Tech a 1-0 lead in the first inning en route to a 4-1 win over Georgia on 4/15 at Russ Chandler Stadium.... Had at least one hit in each game of the Maryland series and his eighth outfield assist of the year was a key play in Tech's Sunday win as he cut down a runner at the plate in the seventh to keep the game tied at 6-6 -- the Jackets went on to win 13-6 in 12 innings... Went 3-for-4 off NC State's Carlos Rodon on 4/25 and his RBI single in the sixth inning was the game's only run in Tech's 1-0 win... Finished the Virginia Tech series with five hits and three RBI, including a walk-off RBI single in the 11th innings as the Jackets won the series-opener 7-6... Had a big night in the 2-0 win over Georgia at Turner Field on 5/13 by throwing out a runner at the plate for the final out of the sixth to keep the game tied at 0-0, then later reaching on an infield single, stealing second and eventually scoring in the eighth for a 2-0 lead... Swiped a career-high three bases in the Jackets' 12-5 win over USF on 5/17... Hit .375 at the ACC tournament (9-for-24) with impressive performances in the wins over No. 16 Miami (3-for-5, double) and the title game win over Maryland (4-for-5, two doubles, RBI, three runs)... Had hits in each game of the NCAA Oxford Regional, including a go-ahead, two-RBI double in the ninth inning of the 4-2 win over Jacksonville State.
Named a Freshman All-America by Louisville Slugger... Competed in the 2013 TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby in Omaha and fell in the finals to Rice's Michael Aquino... Played in 61 games and made 58 starts... Finished the season hitting .291 with nine doubles, two triples, three homers and 37 RBI... His 10 stolen bases were second on the club... Put together a 17-game hitting streak early in the season that began versus St. John's on Feb. 23 and ended at Florida State on March 24... Was 1-for-3 in his college debut on Opening Day with a double and an RBI in the win over Akron... Went 3-for-3 in the 10-3 win over Akron on Feb. 16 and swiped a pair of bases... Had three more hits, his first career homer, two runs and four RBI in the 16-5 win over Georgia State on Feb. 19... Had another big series versus St. John's, with four hits, five RBI, a double, two steals and two runs... Drove in four runs during the two-game sweep at Georgia Southern in late February... Went 5-for-13 in the Virginia Tech series and scored a career-high four runs in the Saturday win (March 9) and drove in three runs in the series... Was 6-for-13 in the series sweep of Boston College and matched season-highs of three hits, three runs, two steals and a home run in the middle game of the series... Went 3-for-4 with two runs in the 5-4 win over The Citadel on March 26... He singled to lead off the ninth versus the The Citadel and a batter later Daniel Spingola hit a walk-off two-run home run... Had four hits in the Wake Forest series with a double, triple and an RBI... Was 3-for-4 in the series-opener at Duke to match a season-high for hits... Had three hits, a double and scored in the series win over No. 1 North Carolina... Came off the bench for injured Sam Dove in an elimination game of the NCAA Nashville Regional versus Illinois (June 2) and doubled home the go-ahead run in the ninth inning as Tech rallied from a run down for a 6-3 win... Played error free in seven chances in starting at third for the remainder of the NCAA Regional and had an RBI single in Tech's 5-0 win over No. 2 Vanderbilt (June 2)... Played error-free in 33 of the final 38 games of the season.
A four-year baseball letterwinner at Harrison High School under head coach Mark Elkins ... Was a highly-recruited shortstop during his four-year career, but also pitched some as a closer ... Won the AAAAA State Championship in 2010 as a sophomore... Competed in the Georgia Dugout Club All-Star Game ... Was named Region Player of the Year in 2011 and 2012 as well as All-Cobb County (2010-2012) and Georgia Dugout AAAAA Player of the Year in 2010 ... Chose Georgia Tech for the baseball coaching staff, top notch academics and its proximity to home.
Full name is Matthew Alexander Gonzalez ... Born Nov 30, 1993 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. ... Son of Alex and Kelly Gonzalez... Father Alex played baseball at West Florida ... Named Physical Education Student of the Year in 2011 ... Lists graduating high school as his most memorable non-athletic accomplishment ... Majoring in business administration.