The Yellow Jackets can clinch an ACC Tournament spot on Saturday
Senior A.J. Murray has overcome adversity through career to be shining light for Jackets
Matt Gonzalez and Ryan Peurifoy each drove in a pair for the Jackets
Tech's seniors will be honored before Saturday's game
Tech scored five in the ninth for its 17th come-from-behind win
Baseball Beats Clemson to Clinch Series (Photos by Ken Langley)
Baseball Wins Thriller at Kennesaw State (Photos by Ken Langley)
Jackets Beat Irish, 11-7 (Photos by Ken Langley)
Tech Beats Wake, 5-3, In ACC Tournament Opener (Photos by Sara D. Davis)
2014 Baseball Team Photos
Honors & Awards
*2014 Second Team All-ACC
*2012 ACC All-Tournament Team
Was one of three Jackets to start all 55 games... Hit .262 overall with three doubles, two home runs, 22 RBI and 33 runs... Drew 34 walks against just 25 strikeouts and was hit by six pitches for a team-leading on-base percentage of .382... Was tied for the team lead with 10 stolen bases... Was rock-solid defensively at first base, committing just three errors all season... Committed just five errors over his final 161 career games (at both first and second base) and left Tech with a career fielding percentage of .992 in 200 games... Set a new career-high with four runs scored in the 17-3 win over St. John’s on Opening Day... Posted his fourth multi-hit effort of the season and added a run and a stolen base in the 7-6 win over Ohio on 3/3... Drove in a season-best three runs, going 3-for-6 against Georgia Southern on 3/10... The highlight of his season was his first career walk-off hit -- a ninth-inning single to beat North Carolina 6-5 on 3/21... Compiled three hits, two runs, two RBI, a double and a home run in consecutive midweek wins over No. 21 Georgia and Georgia State... Put together his best ACC weekend of the season with four hits, three runs, two RBI and two stolen bases in the series win at Virginia Tech... Extended hitting streak to six games with a single and a stolen base in the Mercer win... Went 4-for-10 with three RBI and two runs scored in Tech’s series win over Clemson, including the game-tying and game-winning runs on a go-ahead single in the eighth on Friday and scoring game-winning run in Tech’s walk-off win over Clemson in the finale... Hit safely in all three games of the sweep over Presbyterian with a three-run homer in the opener.
Second Team All-ACC selection at first base... Finished as Tech's third-leading hitter with a .301 average in 61 starts... Committed just two errors in 541 chances for a sterling fielding percentage of .996... Helped Georgia Tech set a school record in both fielding percentage (.974) and an NCAA-leading 77 double plays... Tied for the team lead with 26 walks against just 31 strikeouts for a team-leading .392 on-base percentage... Had two hits in the opening-day victory over Old Dominion, including the eventual game-winning RBI single in the seventh inning... Made his first career start at first base versus VCU on 2/16... Match career highs in hits (3) and RBI (4) in Tech's 7-3 win over UNCG on 2/21 -- finished the series with two home runs and six RBI... Went 2-for-3 at Georgia on 3/4 to extend his hitting streak to eight games... Was 5-for-13 with a double, two RBI, two runs and two stolen bases in the Wake Forest series... extended his hitting streak to a career-best 11 games with a two-hit effort on 3/9... His hit streak reached 12 games by going 2-for-3 with an RBI in the win over WCU on 3/11, but ended in the series-opener versus Miami on 3/14... Missed the next two games of the UM series with a hamstring injury... Bounced back by going 5-for-8 with two runs and two RBI as Tech won road games at Kennesaw State and Georgia State.... Went 2-for-4 with two RBI, a walk, a sac fly and sac bunt in Tech's 6-5 win at No. 13 North Carolina in 13 innings on 3/22... Scored twice in the 9-1 win at UNC... Set a career-high in hits (four) and matched his career-high of RBI (four) by going 4-for-5 with a double and a run in Tech's 13-2 win over Georgia Southern on 4/8... Matched his career high of four hits with a 4-for-6 effort and three RBI at Maryland on 4/20 -- his 12th inning RBI single gave Tech the lead for good in a 13-6 win... Was 3-for-4 with two runs, a double, an RBI and two walks in the 7-6 win over Virginia Tech in 11 innings on 5/2... Injured his ankle in that game and missed Saturday's game but returned to the lineup as the designated hitter on 5/4... Finished the ACC tournament 6-for-21 (.286), but was an impressive 6-for-12 over the final three games including a 3-for-4 effort in the title game win over Maryland with a career-high two doubles... Opened the scoring in the title game with a two-out RBI double in the first inning... Went 3-for-4 with an RBI in Tech's win over Jacksonville in the NCAA Oxford Regional.
Proved to be one of the Yellow Jackets most consistent all-around performers... Played in 45 games and started 30 games, including the final 20 consecutive at second base... Hit .286 overall with five doubles and career-high in triples (two), home runs (three) and RBI (13)... Played error-free in 128 chances at second base... Hit his first career triple and scored versus Wake Forest on March 30... Was 2-for-4 with two RBI, a double and scored twice in the win over Kennesaw State on April 3 -- his RBI double in the fourth inning gave Tech a 2-1 lead and would stand as the game winner... Had two hits in the series at Duke and provided the game-winning RBI single in the eighth inning of the 2-1 triumph on April 6... Went 2-for-2 with an RBI, a double and a run in the 3-2 win over No. 5 Virginia on April 14 that clinched the series... Was 2-for-4 in the finale versus NC State with two RBI, including his first career home run... Had an RBI triple and scored in the 5-4 win over No. 2 North Carolina on May 10... Had a big day in Tech's 10-1 win at Miami on May 18, going 2-for-4 with a homer, a double and two RBI... Matched his season-high in hits (two) with a double in the ACC Tournament versus No. 5 Virginia... Finished the NCAA Nashville Regional 5-for-15 (.333) and matched his season high of two hits in both games versus Illinois... Also homered (third career), walked and stole a base in the May 31 game versus the Illini... His lead-off single in the ninth inning of an elimination game against Illinois (June 2) kick-started the rally as the Jackets scored four times in the inning and beat the Illini, 6-3.
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.