The rookie slugged his way to the finals Wednesday night in Omaha
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The Jackets have produced eight top-five round picks in the last three years
Very good corner infielder that has had an outstanding first two seasons at third base ... A patient hitter with a great eye at the plate ... Has a lot of power ... Enters the 2011 season tied for 11th on the school's all-time career home run list with 37 ... One of just two starting position players to return from 2010 ... Saw some time at catcher during his sophomore season ... Placed third in the 2010 AmeriTrade College Home Run Derby in Omaha, Neb.
A 2010 First Team All-ACC Selection ... Named First Team Freshman All-America in 2009 by Collegiate Baseball.
Named First Team All-ACC ... Became just the 12th player in Georgia Tech history to hit 20 home runs in a season ... Started all 62 games, 57 at third base, four at catcher and one at DH ... Batted .335 with 62 runs, 15 doubles, three triples, 20 home runs and 63 RBI ... His 20 homers tied for the third most in the ACC, and ranked No. 25 in the nation ... Held a .682 slugging percentage, the third highest in the conference ... Totaled 63 bases and carried a .437 on-base percentage ... Had 27 multi-hit and 14 multi-RBI games ... Homered in three-straight games twice on the season ... Was 2-for-5 with a solo home run, his first of the season, in the series finale against Missouri State (2/21) ... Made his first career start at catcher in a midweek game at Georgia Southern (2/24) ... Batted 3-for-4 with a solo home run the second game of the series against Xavier (2/27) ... Led the team with a .600 average (6-for-10) on a double, home run and 4 RBI in the Rutgers series (3/5-7) ... Was 2-for-3 with a double and his third homer of the season in the series finale (3/7) ... Led the team at the plate for the second consecutive series, batting .700 (7-for-10) with two doubles, a home run and four RBI in the sweep of Wake Forest (3/12-14) ... Picked up five hits, including his fifth homer of the season against Maryland (3/19-21) ... Hit his sixth home run of the season against Mercer (3/23) ... Was 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI the next day against the Bears (3/24) ... Hit 2-for-4 with four RBI in game two against No. 17 North Carolina ... Batted .455 with six runs, two doubles, two home runs and five RBI against Duke (4/2-4) ... Was 2-for-2 with his 10th homer of the season in a midweek game against Kennesaw State (4/6) ... Was 2-for-3 in the series finale against Virginia (4/11) ... Had a huge game against Georgia, batting 2-for-4 with a triple, a grand slam and five RBI (4/14) ... The five RBI tied a career high ... Belted his 12th homer of the season in the series opener against No. 16 Clemson (4/16) ... Had a double and a home run against No. 20 Virginia Tech (4/25) ... Was 2-for-4 with a triple and 2 RBI, driving in the tying and go-ahead run against Georgia (4/27) ... Was 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI in a 5-3 win over NC State (5/2) ... Was 5-for-12 (.417) with his 16th homer of the season in the series against Miami (5/14-16) ... Had a pair of hits, including a homer and two RBI in the series opener with Boston College (5/20) ... Batted .300 with four runs, a double, a home run (his 19th of the year) and four RBI at the ACC Tournament (5/27-29) ... Was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in the NCAA Atlanta Regional opener against Mercer (6/4).
Started all 58 games at third base on the season ... Hit safely in all but 15 games in 2009, and has reached base safely in all but six ... Had 17 multi-hit and 17 multi-RBI games ... Batted .302 with 13 doubles, 17 home runs and 58 RBI in his first year on the Flats ... Was just one home run short of tying Tech's freshman record of 18, set by Jeremy Slayden in 2002 ...Went 3-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored in the second game of the series against Lipscomb (2/21) ... Also collected two hits - including a double - in the series finale against the Bisons (2/22) ... Went 2-for-4 with a double and a home run while driving in three runs in Tech's 5-3 win at Georgia Southern (2/25) ... Drove in two runs with a two-run homer against Rutgers (2/28) ... Had a pair of run-scoring singles in Tech's 5-1 win vs. Maryland (3/6) ... Went 2-for-5 with a double in the series finale vs. the Terps (3/8) ... Hit a two-run homer to give Tech the lead against Boston College (3/13) ... Batted .667 (10-for-15) with three HR and 11 RBI in the three-game series at Virginia Tech (3/20-3/22) ... Keyed a six-run, ninth inning comeback win against the Hokies with a three-run homer in the ninth ... Collected a career-high four hits, including a solo home run, in the second game of the series at Virginia Tech (3/21) ... Hit another three-run homer to give Tech the lead for good in the series finale (3/22), and finished with five RBI in a 4-for-5 performance at the plate ... Went 2-for-4 with an RBI and run scored in the series finale vs. North Carolina (4/5) ... Collected four hits in the two-game series against Georgia Southern (4/7-8) ... Had two hits, including a home run, and drove in three runs to help Tech to a come-from-behind win against Virginia (4/11) ... Had a two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning at Georgia to help the Jackets to an 11-6 win over the top-ranked Bulldogs (4/14) ... Went 2-for-2 with a double and two runs scored the following night at Georgia State (4/15) ... Had a three-run home run in Tech's 9-8, 10-inning win over Presbyterian (5/2) ... Went 2-for-3 with a home run and a double in Tech's series-opening win at Duke (5/14) ... Hit safely in all five games at the NCAA Atlanta Regional ... Hit his first-career grand slam in the bottom of the fifth inning in a 9-3 win over Georgia State to open play at the regional (5/29) ... Collected his 17th home run of the season while adding a double in an 8-4 win over Elon (5/31) two days later.
Three-year letterwinner for coach Andy Harlin at Blessed Trinity Catholic High School .... Captain of the team his senior year ... Led Blessed Trinity to the AAA state championship in 2006 ... School record holder for home runs and RBI in a season and career ... Named the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's 2008 Hitter of the Year ... Fulton County Player of the Year in 2008 and tabbed to the All-Fulton County baseball team in 2007 and 2008 ... All-state selection by the Atlanta Dugout Club in 2006, 2007 and 2008 ... Also earned three letters as a fullback and defensive end for football coach Rickey Turner ... Three-year member of the East Cobb Yankees ... Helped East Cobb capture the Connie Mack World Series title in 2008 ... Participated in the Miracle League to benefit disabled children as well as Habitat for Humanity.
Full name is Matthew Thomas Skole ... Born July 30, 1989 ... Son of Michael and Leigh Skole ... Father played baseball at Georgia Southern and grandfather, Tom T. Skole, played in the St. Louis Browns organization ... Uncle Tony Skole played football and baseball at The Citadel in 1980 ... Another uncle, Scott Skole, played football at Troy State in 1978 ... Majoring in business management at Georgia Tech.
Career StatisticsYear Avg GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SLG% BB HBP SO GDP OB% SF SH SB-ATT PO A E FLD% 2009 .302 58-58 215 41 65 13 0 17 58 129 .600 27 4 69 3 .384 4 0 2-3 29 80 9 .924 2010 .335 62-62 233 62 78 15 3 20 63 159 .682 45 2 34 1 .437 6 0 1-2 58 97 18 .896 TOTAL .319 120-120 448 103 143 28 3 37 121 288 .643 72 6 103 4 .412 10 0 3-5 87 177 27 .907