Georgia Tech beats No. 2 North Carolina, 9-8 (Photos by Danny Karnik)
Honors & Awards
*2012 ACC All-Tournament Team
A scrappy hard-working player who went from nearly redshirting as an un-recruited walk-on to being named to the ACC All-Tournament Team... Consistent fielder with good discipline at the plate... Played high school baseball for the highly-successful John Carroll program in Ft. Pierce, Fla.
Named to the ACC All-Tournament Team... Was inserted in the line-up in late March to add a spark, and didn't relinquish his starting second-baseman spot for the final 39 games of the season... Hit .302 with 12 RBI, six doubles and five stolen bases... Was a tough out, drawing 15 walks (against 14 strikeouts) and was hit by eight pitches (third-highest on the team)... His .407 on-base percentage was third-best among starters... Fielded at a .967 clip and aided in 26 of Tech's 35 double plays turned over the final 39 games of the season... Tech's fielding percentage was .935 in the first 25 games without Smith in the lineup, and .966 over the final 39 games with Smith... Turned in a memorable college debut, starting at second base vs. Georgia Southern (3/28) and reached base three times (single and two walks), scored, and made a key defensive play for the final out in the seventh inning with Tech leading 8-3 and the bases loaded for GSU... Stayed hot in the Duke series, starting all three games and going 7-for-10 with two RBI, two runs, a walk and two steals... He scored the game-winning run in the eighth inning of the 1-0 win over Duke and drove in the winning run in the 8-0 win over the Blue Devils... Went 3-for-5 versus No. 2 Florida State (4/7), scored a run and turned three of Tech's four double plays... Hit 4-for-11 in the Wake Forest series, with a double and two runs... Went 2-for-4 and set a career high with four RBI in the 11-4 win at No. 6 North Carolina (4/21)... Reached base twice vs. Georgia at Turner Field (4/24) with a double and a run... Collected two hits, two RBI and two runs in the Georgia win (5/9) - he drove in a run with a suicide squeeze bunt in the third inning, and was in all four double plays turned by Tech (tied season high)... Had three hits, an RBI, a run and played error-free during the Virginia series... Named to the ACC All-Tournament after going .333 (5-for-15) in Greensboro with a double, RBI, stolen base and helping turn four double plays and committing just one error in 23 chances... Was held hitless in the NCAA Gainesville Regional, but played error-free in the four games, walked twice, scored in the 3-0 win over Charleston.
Was a four-year letterwinner and senior captain for head coach Mike Easom at John Carroll High School in Fort Pierce, Fla. ... Three-time All-Area selection at shortstop ... John Carroll was regional champions in 2008 and 2009, was the state runner-up in 2008 and reached the state Final Four in 2009 ... Played in Fort Pierce's North vs. South All-Star Game ... Was a four-year honor student and member of the National Honor Society ... Lists his greatest athletic accomplishment as earning a walk-on spot at Georgia Tech.
Full name is Thomas Alexander Smith ... Born December 30, 1992 in Jensen Beach, Fla. ... Son of David and Kimberly Smith ... Has a brother, Andrew, and sister, Anna ... His father David is a 1985 graduate of Georgia Tech ... Majoring in mechanical engineering ... Considering a future as an engineer for the Department of Defense ... Chose Tech because of its great academics and baseball.