Coach Hall on Matt Gonzalez
"Matt's a great competitor -- a very good, competitive hitter. I know he learned a lot up in the Cape this summer and then put on a show in the College Home Run Derby in Omaha. Defensively, he brings a lot to the table and should be an impact player for us."
Honors & Awards
*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
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.