Georgia Tech Baseball enters 2014 with exuberance over experience
Brandon Thomas and Sam Dove are repeat honorees
Senior Sam Dove and junior Matthew Grimes were each taken by the Phillies
Gonzalez is the 19th player under Coach Hall to earn Freshman All-America honors
The Yellow Jackets end the season 37-27
Photos by Mike Strasinger
Photos by Mike Strasinger
Georgia Tech beats No. 2 North Carolina, 9-8 (Photos by Danny Karnik)
Georgia Tech at Ohio State (Photos by Jim Morris, JM Photography)
Georgia Tech 12, Boston College 5 (Photos by Danny Karnik)
Awards & Honors
*2012 Capital One Academic All-District
*2011 Academic All-ACC Team
*2011 ACC Academic Honor Roll
*2010 ACC Academic Honor Roll
A hard-working, versatile player that earned a spot on the team after walking on in 2010... Won the starting left-field job in 2011, and held down the starting third-base position in 2012... Very good academically... Has emerged as a leader in the club house.
Capital One Academic All-District selection... Was one of only two players to start every game... Made 52 starts at third base, with his other 12 coming at second base... Started the final 38 game consecutively at third... Hit a career-best .340 which was second on the team and eighth in the ACC... His 86 hits were a team high and the seventh-most in the ACC... Collected 15 doubles, a triple, three homers and 30 RBI... Team's most efficient bases-stealer with 12 steals in 13 attempts... Led the club with 25 multi-hit games... His 17-game mid-season hitting streak was the team's longest and he ended the season on a five-game hit streak... During his 17-game hitting streak: 30-for-71, three doubles, 12 RBI, two home runs, 10 multi-hit games... Went 7-for-10 (all singles) in the Ohio State series with three runs and two RBI... Recorded three multi-hit games in each game of the Rutgers series, including a 3-for-5 effort Friday and a 3-for-4 on Sunday... His three RBI Friday versus Rutgers were a career-high and they came on his first career home runs... Had at least a hit in every game of NC State series (5-for-12) and doubled three times with four runs, a walk and a stolen base... Went 2-for-4 with his second career home run in the Wagner win (M13)... Had four hits, scored five runs and doubled in each game of the Virginia Tech series... Went 6-for-12 in the Boston College series with a double, two RBI and two runs... Extended his hitting streak to 17 games with an RBI double in the fifth inning versus Georgia Southern (3/28) - it stood as the eventual game-winning hit... Had 6 hits in series at No. 6 North Carolina, including three hits in finale (tied season high)... Had four hits and scored five runs in Charlotte series sweep -- scored the game-winning run in the 11th inning of Sunday's finale via Daniel Palka's two-out walk-off single... Hit .385 at the ACC Championship with five runs, four walks, an RBI, a double and three successful sac bunts... Made four highlight-reel plays at third base during the ACC Championship, including three-straight in the first inning of the Clemson win... Went 3-for-4, had an RBI and scored twice in the ACC title game win over Miami... Hit .375 (6-for-16) in the four games of the NCAA Gainesville Regional... Had two hits and matched his career-high of three runs scored in the NCAA opening win over College of Charleston... Homered versus No. 1 Florida.
Named to the Academic All-ACC Team... Made 48 starts ... Became Tech's primary left fielder after winning the job on March 18th ... Batted .310 with six doubles and 18 RBI ... Was 6-of-7 in stolen base attempts ... Had 15 multi-hit games ... Did not make an error in 49 games in the outfield ... Had a career-long 11-game hit streak from March 16-April 2 ... Hit a triple in the second game of the season against Kent State (2/ 19) ... Had three hits in a game three times in 2011 -- at Miami (3/25), at Wake Forest (4/16), and at Mercer (4/19) ... Knocked in a season-high two runs at Georgia (3/22) ... Had four hits, three RBI, and three runs against Boston College on Saturday and Sunday (4/23-24) ... Had a career-best five hits in the second game of the series against No. 18 Clemson (4/30), going 5-for-5 with two RBI ... Went 2-for-3 with a double in a midweek loss to East Tennessee State (5/17) ... Had a hit in five of the last six games of the season, including a 2-for-3 outing against Austin Peay in the NCAA Atlanta Regional (6/3).
Saw limited action ... Batted .300 with four runs and a double in 14 games ... Reached base safely in his first two plate appearances, grabbing his first career hit on a single against Missouri State (2/20) ... Went 1-for-1 with a single and a run scored while pinch-hitting at Maryland (3/20) ... Recorded his first career double while scoring a run against Georgia Southern (4/21).
Three-year letterwinner for baseball head coach Buddy Alexander at Brentwood Academy ... Earned 2009 Louisville Slugger All-America Honorable Mention honors ... 2009 TBCA all-state and all-region ... 2008 TSWA all-state and TBCA all-region ... Helped Brentwood win back-to-back Div. II AA State Titles in 2008 and '09 ... Held a career batting average of .496 with 34 RBI and four home runs ... Also stole 29 bases ... The shortstop was named Mid-State MVP and all-region.
Full name is Samuel Kerry Dove ... Born Nov. 27, 1990 ... Son of Kerry and Cindy Dove ... Has five relatives that played collegiate sports ... His great-uncle, Ben Fendley, is a Hall of Famer at Austin Peay State University (football and baseball, 1947-'50) ... Held a 4.0 GPA all four years of high school ... Majoring in materials science and engineering.