Coach Hall on Thomas Smith
"The kid's an unsung hero and a great story. You can't get him off the field. He walked on here, and has been a big part of our team over the last two years. He's a great defensive player and clutch hitter."
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.