One last look at what Georgia Tech Baseball players did on their summer vacations
Kel Johnson to participate in TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby tonight on ESPN
The event is Thursday, July 2 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha
Yellow Jackets baseball talking to the diamond in summer leagues around the nation
Johnson is the 20th player under Coach Hall to earn Freshman All-America honors
Baseball Beats Clemson to Clinch Series (Photos by Ken Langley)
Baseball Wins Thriller at Kennesaw State (Photos by Ken Langley)
Baseball Blanks Duke 4-0 (Photos by Ken Langley)
Jackets Beat Irish, 11-7 (Photos by Ken Langley)
Tech Beats Jacksonville State In NCAA Regional, 4-2 (Photos by Josh McCoy)
2014 All-ACC, Second Team
2015 All-ACC, Second Team
2016 All-ACC, First Team
2016 ACC Championship All-Tournament Team
2016 NCAA Gainesville Regional All-Tournament Team
MLB Draft: Drafted in the 11th Round (349th pick) by Oakland in 2012 but chose to enroll at Tech
2016 (Senior): Started 59 games, making 50 in outfield … Missed four games in April due to injury … Proved to be Georgia Tech’s most consistent hitter from start to finish … Batting average from junior season jumped 93 points to senior season … Entered season with nine career home runs, hit 11 in senior season … Led Jackets with career-best .378 average, 93 hits and 10 steals … Tied for team lead in both home runs (11) and RBI (54) … Among nation’s leaders with nine outfield assists, including seven runners thrown out at home … One of three Jackets on All-ACC First Team … Tech’s lone representative on ACC Championship All-Tournament Team … One of four Jackets named to NCAA Gainesville Regional All-Tournament Team … Finished career with 302 hits, third-most on Georgia Tech’s all-time list … Concluded career with 21 sacrifice flies (tied for most in school history) and 20 outfield assists (school record) … Went 2-for-5 with three RBI in back-to-back games vs. Western Michigan (Feb. 20) and VCU (Feb. 21) … Also added two hits each against Georgia Southern (Feb. 24) and UMBC (Feb. 26) … First home run tied game 1-1 at Georgia Southern in fourth inning … Went 3-for-3 with home run and two RBI vs. Western Carolina on March 5 … Tied career high with four hits and one RBI in loss March 12 at No. 7 Florida State … Swiped two bases March 13 at No. 7 Florida State … Hit two-run blast against Virginia Tech on March 18 … Tied career high again with four hits and four RBI against Virginia Tech on March 20, including home run … Added home run at Pitt on April 8 … Was 3-for-5 with three run scores in series finale win April 17 vs. NC State … Went 3-for-4 with solo home run on May 8 vs. No. 3 Miami … Followed with three RBI, two doubles and inside-the-park home run vs. No. 3 Miami on May 9 … Tied career high yet again with four hits vs. Savannah State on May 10 … Posted back-to-back two-hit, two-RBI games vs. Georgia (May 17) and Boston College (May 19) … Launched go-ahead two-run home run in 10th inning to lead Jackets to 6-3 win over Georgia at Turner Field … Tied school record for career sac flies with his 21st vs. Boston College on May 21 … Went 3-for-4 with home run and four RBI in NCAA Gainesville Regional opener vs. UConn on June 3 … Drove in two runs vs. Bethune-Cookman on June 4 … Went 3-for-4 in rematch vs. UConn on June 5 … First hit in second game vs. Huskies was 300th of career, making him only third player in Georgia Tech history to amass 300 career hits.
2015 (Junior): Second Team All-ACC selection ... Made 55 starts, splitting time between third base (34 starts) and outfield (21) ... Has made 121 consecutive starts dating to 2013 NCAA Nashville Regional ... Hit .285 for season (.300 in ACC play) with 13 doubles, career-high five home runs, career-high 42 RBI and 10 stolen bases ... Led club in hits (63), was second in RBI and tied for team lead in stolen bases ... Also led team with six sacrifice flies ... 13-game hitting streak late in season was longest by Jacket in 2015 ... Led team with 20 multi-hit games ... Busted out of early-season slump with combined 5-for-14 effort in three games at Baseball at the Beach ... Erupted in Notre Dame series by going 6-for-11 with three doubles, home run, four runs and three RBI ... Shined on Saturday versus Irish with three hits and three runs and first homer ... Homered for second time in three games and doubled for fourth consecutive game in 2-for-3 showing against Georgia Southern on March 10 ... Singled and drove in one of Tech's two 11th-inning runs in win at Kennesaw State on March 17 ... Put together pair of multi-hit performances including double and RBI in doubleheader split versus North Carolina on March 21 ... Recorded third-straight two-hit game with 2-for-4 effort in 4-1 win over Auburn on March 24 ... Also threw runner out at plate from left against Auburn to keep game tied at 1-1 ... Matched career-high with four RBI, highlighted by three-run blast, in 13-6 win at No. 21 Georgia ... Continued red-hot hitting against Virginia Tech, going 5-for-14 with six RBI in series win, which included 100th career RBI ... Played key role in 4-3 win over No. 15 Virginia to clinch series with single and run in fourth and two-out RBI single in fifth for 4-0 lead ... Made 100th consecutive start on Friday against Cavaliers ... Hit safely in each game of Clemson series, including home run in rubber-game win ... Pushed hitting streak to nine games going 5-for-11 in sweep of Presbyterian ... Knocked in three runs in comeback win at Mercer on May 6 ... Recorded 200th career hit on RBI single in third at Mercer and plated two runs on ninth-inning single as part of Tech's five-run frame ... Stretched hitting streak to 13 games, going 5-for-14 in Tech's series win over Pittsburgh ... Scored three times, stole two bases and drove in two runs in Pitt series ... Had three hits in series at No. 8 Miami.
2014 (Sophomore): Second Team All-ACC selection ... Finished season as only Yellow Jacket to start all 64 games ... Hit career-best .314 and led team in doubles (21), RBI (37) ... His 21 doubles led ACC and were sixth-most nationally ... .314 batting average was 16th in ACC ... Led team with eight game-winning RBI ... Finished fourth nationally with nine outfield assists ... Began year on tear as eight-game hitting streak in early March bumped season batting average to as high as .481 ... Had big weekend against No. 22 Miami as Yellow Jackets won series ... Hit first home run of season against Miami on March 14 ... Drove in eventual game-winning run as Jackets rallied to beat Canes, 13-7, on March 15 ... Both of sac flies scored Tech's first two runs in 3-2 win over Miami in finale ... Had two hits, double, RBI and scored twice in Tech's 8-7 win at Kennesaw State on March 18, including scoring on balk as eventually winning run in ninth ... Was 3-for-6 in series-finale win at No. 13 North Carolina with RBI ... Scored twice in Game 2 win at UNC -- 6-5 victory in 13 innings ... Set career high with four-hit effort against Georgia Southern on April 8 with double, triple, three RBI and two runs ... Had two more doubles against Savannah State next day ... Ripped RBI double that gave Tech 1-0 lead in first inning en route to 4-1 win over Georgia on April 15 at Russ Chandler Stadium .... Had at least one hit in each game of Maryland series and eighth outfield assist of year was key play in Tech's Sunday win, cutting down runner at plate in seventh to keep game tied at 6-6 -- Jackets went on to win 13-6 in 12 innings ... Went 3-for-4 off NC State's Carlos Rodon on April 25 and RBI single in sixth inning was game's only run in Tech's 1-0 win ... Finished Virginia Tech series with five hits and three RBI, including walk-off RBI single in 11th inning as Jackets won series-opener 7-6 ... Had big night in 2-0 win over Georgia at Turner Field on May 13 by throwing out runner at plate for final out of ixth to keep game tied at 0-0, then later reaching on infield single, stealing second and eventually scoring in eighth for 2-0 lead ... Swiped career-high three bases in Jackets' 12-5 win over USF on May 17 ... Hit .375 at ACC tournament (9-for-24) with impressive performances in wins over No. 16 Miami (3-for-5, double) and title game win over Maryland (4-for-5, two doubles, RBI, three runs) ... Had hits in each game of NCAA Oxford Regional, including go-ahead, two-RBI double in ninth inning of 4-2 win over Jacksonville State.
2013 (True Freshman): Named Freshman All-America by Louisville Slugger ... Competed in 2013 TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby in Omaha and fell in finals to Rice's Michael Aquino ... Played in 61 games and made 58 starts ... Finished season hitting .291 with nine doubles, two triples, three homers and 37 RBI ... 10 stolen bases were second on club ... Put together 17-game hitting streak early in season that began versus St. John's on Feb. 23 and ended at Florida State on March 24 ... Was 1-for-3 in college debut on Opening Day with double and RBI in win over Akron ... Went 3-for-3 in 10-3 win over Akron on Feb. 16 and swiped pair of bases ... Had three more hits, first career homer, two runs and four RBI in 16-5 win over Georgia State on Feb. 19 ... Had another big series versus St. John's, with four hits, five RBI, double, two steals and two runs ... Drove in four runs during two-game sweep at Georgia Southern in late February ... Went 5-for-13 in Virginia Tech series and scored career-high four runs in Saturday win (March 9) and drove in three runs in series ... Was 6-for-13 in series sweep of Boston College and matched season-highs of three hits, three runs, two steals and home run in middle game of series ... Went 3-for-4 with two runs in 5-4 win over The Citadel on March 26 ... Singled to lead off ninth versus The Citadel and one batter later Daniel Spingola hit walk-off two-run home run ... Had four hits in Wake Forest series with double, triple and RBI ... Was 3-for-4 in series-opener at Duke to match season-high for hits ... Had three hits, double and scored in series win over No. 1 North Carolina ... Came off bench for injured Sam Dove in elimination game of NCAA Nashville Regional versus Illinois (June 2) and doubled home go-ahead run in ninth inning as Tech rallied from run down for 6-3 win ... Started at third base remainder of Regional and played error-free in seven chances to go along with RBI single in Tech's 5-0 win over No. 2 Vanderbilt (June 2) ... Played error-free in 33 of final 38 games of season.
Before Tech: Four-year baseball letterwinner at Harrison High School under head coach Mark Elkins ... Was highly-recruited shortstop during four-year career, but also pitched some as closer ... Won AAAAA State Championship in 2010 as sophomore ... Competed in 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 baseball coaching staff, top notch academics and proximity to home.
Personal: 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 most memorable non-athletic accomplishment ... Majoring in business administration.