Palka becomes the 17th player in school history to earn first-team honors
The Jackets have produced eight top-five round picks in the last three years
Gonzalez is the 19th player under Coach Hall to earn Freshman All-America honors
Farmer, Evans and Palka were named first team, Wren to second team
Multi-talented star who has earned numerous honors throughout his college career ... One of just three players in school history to earn first-team All-America honors on at least two occasions ... Named first-team All-America by Rivals.com and first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference in 2007, first-team All-America by Baseball America and second-team All-ACC in 2006, and the ACC Rookie of the Year, Freshman All-America and first-team All-ACC in 2005 ... A switch-hitting catcher who hits in the middle of the lineup ... Has a very good eye at the plate and has excellent power to all fields.
Finished his junior season ranked tied for sixth in the Yellow Jacket record books with 54 career doubles and seven with 198 RBI and 16 saves in his three years on the Flats ... Also ranked 13th with a .359 career average and 418 total bases, tied for 16th with 35 home runs and 18th with 253 hits in his career ... Finished 2007 having played in 169-consecutive games.
Served as Tech's primary closer for the first two years and as one of two closers his junior season ... Has excellent command on the mound.
2007 (hitting): One of three finalist for the Coleman-Company Johnny Bench Award, presented by AT&T ... Tabbed a first-team All-American by Rivals.com and a third-team All-America by Collegiate Baseball ... Also earned first-team all-ACC honors after hitting a team-best .364 with 16 extra-base hits in conference games ... Finished with one of the top two marks on the team in 10 offensive categories, including leading the team with 10 home runs, 59 RBI, 129 total bases and a .592 slugging percentage ... Had 24 multi-hit and a team-best 16 multi-RBI games ... Hit safely in 46 games, including 26 of his last 29 contests ... Reached base safely in 55-straight games, and in all but one game during the year ... A preseason first-team All-America by Rivals.com, Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball and a second-team All-America by the NCBWA ... Named to the Brooks Wallace Award and Dick Howser Trophy Watch Lists ... A semifinalist for the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award ... Went 2-for-3 with a walk-off three-run home run in the 10th inning to lead Tech to an 11-8 win over Kennesaw State (2/13) ... Also picked up the win in that contest ... Smacked another home run in the next game against Illinois-Chicago (2/16) ... Went 2-for-4 with a double while picking up a save in Tech's 6-3 win over Illinois-Chicago (2/18) ... Hit .500 with a double and home run in the three-game series against Duquesne (2/23-2/25) ... Went 3-for-5 with two runs scored against Rutgers (3/2) ... Had four hits, including a double and two home runs, as well as three runs and six RBI in the Jackets' 19-4 win over Virginia Tech (3/10) ... Went 3-for-4 with a home run in Tech's 4-2 win over Maryland (4/1) ... Hit .444 in the series against the Terps (3/30-4/1) ...Went 2-for-3 with a triple and three RBI against Wofford (4/3) ... Hit .455 (5-for-11) with two doubles and a home run at Miami (4/64/8) ... Went 6-for-11 with two doubles and a triple in the series against NC State (4/20-4/22) ... Had three hits and drove in two runs against Georgia (4/24) at Turner Field ... Went 4-for-10 with three RBI, four walks and an HBP vs. Clemson (4/27-4/29) ... Hit .545 (6-for-11) with two doubles, a home run and seven RBI in the series at USF (5/5-5/7) ... Drive in five rens in the series opener against the Bulls with a 3-for-4 peformance ... Hit .462 with a double and home run in the series at UNC (5/11-5/13) ... Collected three hits, including a two-run home run, in the series finale against the Tar Heels.
2007 (pitching): Made 12 pitching appearances on the season, earning a win and three saves ... Picked up a win in hie first appearance against Kennesaw State (2/13), holding the Owls to two hits while striking out four in two innings of work ... Earned a save in his next appearance by tossing 1.1 innings against Illinois-Chicago (2/18) ... Collected his second save of the year by tossing a scoreless ninth inning against Rutgers (3/3) ... Entered with the bases loaded against Georgia Southern (3/28) and struck out the Eagles' top hitter to help preserve a four-run lead in the seventh inning ... Tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning against Wofford (4/3) to earn his third save of the season ... Started the first game of his career at Georgia (5/9), but did not figure into the decision after the Bulldogs mounted a comeback in the eighth inning.
2006 (hitting): Became the 14th player in Georgia Tech history to earn first-team All-America honors by at least one publication, joining Major League All-Star Jason Varitek as the only catchers in school history to earn first-team All-America honors ... Named second-team all-ACC after posting a .333 average with eight HR and 57 RBI during the regular season ... Finished the year hitting .355 with 15 HR and 71 RBI ... Had 29 multi-hit and 19 multi-RBI games during the season ... Hit safely in 54 of 68 games during the season ... Concluded the year on an 11-game hitting streak, in which he hit .488 with 7 HR, 3 doubles, 14 RBI while earning nine walks, two HBP's and two stolen bases ... Also had a .593 on base percentage and 1.047 slugging percentage during the span ... Second-team preseason All-America by Baseball America and RosenblattReport.com and a third-team preseason All-America by Collegiate Baseball and the NCBWA ... Had four hits and drove in three runs in the two-game series at Georgia Southern (2/11-2/12) ... Drove in three runs in Tech's 7-3 win over East Tennessee State (2/21) ... Went 2-for-3 with two runs in a win over No. 6 Tennessee (2/24) ... Had two doubles and drove in four runs against Rutgers (3/5) ... Homered and drove in three runs vs. Mississippi Valley State (3/15) ... Was 5-for-11 in Tech's series win over No. 2 North Carolina (3/24-3/26) ... Went 4-for-10 with four RBI at Maryland (3/31-4/2) ... Went 7-for-15 with two home runs in the series at Virginia Tech (4/7-4/9) ... Had a career-high seven RBI in the middle game of the series against the Hokies ... Went 2-for-5 with a homer and four RBI against Georgia (4/12) ... Hit .500 (7-for-14) in Tech's sweep at Florida State (4/21-4/23) ... Went 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and three runs scored at South Florida (5/5) ... Was 2-for-3 with a double and three runs scored against Wofford (5/16) ... Had a home run, five walks and five runs scored in the three-game series against Miami (5/18-5/20) ... Went 7-for-21 with two doubles and two HR in the ACC Tournament (5/24-5/27) ... Named MVP of the NCAA Atlanta Regional after reaching base safely in 14 of 15 plate appearances, going 8-for-9 with six RBI, six runs, six walks and three HR ... Had three hits, including a home run, three walks, three runs and two RBI in the two-game series against the College of Charleston (6/9-6/10) in the NCAA Atlanta Super Regional ... Went 2-for-5 with a home run and two runs scored in Tech's final game of the season against Cal State Fullerton (6/18) ... Hit .560 (14-for-25) with 5 HR, 10 RBI, 12 runs, 9 walks, and one HBP in seven NCAA Tournament games.
2006 (pitching): As the Yellow Jackets' closer, posted a 1-3 record with seven saves and a 3.41 ERA ... Struck out 35 batters in 31.2 IP ... Earned his first save of the season against Kennesaw State (2/17) ... Pitched 3.2 shutout innings vs. Virginia (3/12) ... Picked up his second save against No. 5 North Carolina (3/26), working 1.2 scoreless innings to close out the game ... Earned his first win of the year vs. Georgia Southern (4/5), working 2.2 innings while allowing one run on three hits while striking out four batters ... Worked a perfect ninth inning at Virginia Tech (4/9) to earn his third save of the year in a 5-3 victory ... Earned his fourth save by working two scoreless innings at No. 5 Florida State (4/23) and preserving Tech's 8-7 win ... Picked up his fifth save against South Florida (5/6), working 1.2 innings, allowing no runs on just two hits as Tech won, 4-3 ... Earned his team-leading sixth save vs. Miami in the ACC Tournament (5/25), working a scoreless ninth inning in Tech's 7-4 win ... Shutout Stetson in the ninth inning in Tech's 7-5 win in the NCAA Atlanta Regional to earn his seventh save of the season.
2005 (hitting): The ACC Rookie of the Year and a first-team All-ACC selection ... Hit .366 with 10 home runs and posted a .470 on base percentage ... Had 68 RBI, a Georgia Tech record for freshmen ... Had 11 games with three or more hits and four games with at least four hits ... Hit .449 with seven home runs and 43 RBI in 27 ACC games ... Tech's opening day starting DH ... Went 12-for-14 with a grand slam and eight RBI in Tech's sweep at Duke (3/4-3/6) ... Earned ACC and National Player of the Week honors for that effort ... Earned his second ACC Player of the Week award on Mar. 28, leading the Yellow Jackets to their first series win in Miami ... Went 10-for-15 in four games ... Hit a two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning to break a 9-9 tie in the series finale at Miami (3/27) and pitched the bottom of the ninth for the save ... Went 5-for-5 with four RBI on Saturday at Miami (3/26) ... Was 6-for-11 with four RBI vs. Maryland (4/1-4/3) ... Went 4-for-10 with three RBI and six runs scored vs. Winthrop (4/8-4/10) ... Homered and drove in four runs in Tech's 6-4 win over Florida State (4/15) ... Went 4-for-4 with a home run and five RBI vs. Georgia (4/20) ... Hit his second grand slam of the year in Tech's 18-14 win at Clemson (4/29) ... Went 7-for-18 with a double, home run and five RBI in the NCAA Atlanta Regional.
2005 (pitching): Quickly established himself as Tech's closer ... Allowed three earned runs in his final 15 appearances (18.2 IP), posting a 1.45 ERA in that span ... Began the year with 12 straight innings without allowing a run ... Very impressive in three appearances in the ACC Tournament, earning two wins and a save ... Worked a total of four shutout innings in those three appearances, allowing two hits while striking out four ... Solid in his only outing in the NCAA Atlanta Regional, working two shutout innings to close out the championship game vs. South Carolina ... Earned his first collegiate save vs. Iona (2/18), working three shutout innings to close out the game ... Earned his first win against Georgia Southern (3/1), working 3.2 shutout innings in relief ... Picked up a save in the series finale at Miami (3/27), getting the final three outs of a 11-10 Tech win after hitting the go-ahead home run in the top of the inning ... Picked up his third save with a perfect ninth inning in Tech's 3-2 win at No. 16 Auburn (4/5) ... Earned his fourth save by working a scoreless inning vs. Florida State (4/15) ... Picked up a save at Clemson (4/29), working the final two innings and allowing a run.
High School: A four-year letterwinner for coach John Chalus at Stratford High School as a catcher, pitcher and first baseman ... Rated as the No. 1 prospect in South Carolina and No. 60 in the nation ... An all-America, all-state and all-region selection in 2004 ... Hit .407 with seven home runs and 34 RBI as a senior ... Ranks in Stratford's career top 10 in RBI, walks, hits and total bases ... On the mound, went 5-2 with a 2.76 ERA, recording 72 strikeouts in 51 innings.
Personal: Full name is Matthew Richard Wieters ... Born May 21, 1986 ... Son of Richard and Pamela Wieters ... Father, Richard, played in the Braves and White Sox organizations from 1977-82 ... Sister, Rebecca, plays volleyball at the College of Charleston ... Majoring in Business Management ... 2006-07 Recipient of the Randy Carroll Baseball Endowment.