Gordon Beckham
# 6
Shortstop - SS
Height: 6-0  Weight: 185
Junior
Bats:  Throws:  R
Previous Affiliations
   The Westminster School   (Jim Jefferson)
Previous Experience
  1L
Atlanta, Ga.
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Courtesy: UGA Sports Communications
Release: 07/11/2006
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2008 (Junior):

*1st Round Draft Pick of Chicago White Sox, 8th overall selection in the MLB draft
*Team’s Triple Crown winner in 2008 at .411-28-77 and fielded .957 for SEC Champions that advanced to the College World Series Finals and posted a number two final national ranking
*Led the NCAA in home runs with a school record 28 and hit a school record 53 in his career, last collegiate at bat was a home run in the College World Series Finals in Omaha, Neb.
*Started all 71 games at shortstop and all 197 in his three-year Bulldog career, the 71 games in 2008 tied single season school record also held by five others
* Finalist for the Golden Spikes Award, Dick Howser Trophy and Brooks Wallace Award
*First Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger, Baseball America and ABCA
*Unanimous pick by league coaches for SEC Player of the Year, 1st Team All-SEC
*SEC Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year and SEC Academic Honor Roll
*ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American (2nd Team)
*First Bulldog to hit over .400 since 1982 and only 10th player overall in school history, first SS to lead the nation in home runs since 1996 (Illinois’ Josh Klimek along with two first baseman)
*Single season record setting home run came on a three-run, game-tying shot in win over Louisville during NCAA Regional, and team was trailing 5-2 in the 7th
*Also holds single season record for Runs Scored with 97, plus 113 Hits, 77 RBI and 221 Total Bases
*Batted .500 (5-for-10) with 2 home runs, 7 RBI in the Super Regional including tying the career home run record with two blasts in the title game over N.C. State in his likely his final two at bats at Foley Field
*NCAA Athens Regional All-Tournament team after hitting .417-1-8 and .958 FLD%
*NCAA CWS All-Tournament team after batting .522 (12-for-23) with two home runs and five RBI
*Batted .392-11-31 against ranked opponents in 2008
*Batted a team-best .391-13-33 in SEC action
*Two-time SEC Player of the Week recipient
*Hit two home runs in a game five times (at #12 Oregon State, Jacksonville State, at #21 Arkansas, at LSU, vs. Tennessee)

2007 (Sophomore):
*Started all 56 games at shortstop and led the team with 13 home runs, 51 RBI, 23 multiple-hit games
*Batted .307-13-51 with a .943 FLDG% in 280 total chances (16 errors)
*Ranked among SEC leaders with 19 doubles and 130 total bases
*Hit .322 in SEC action including team-high seven HRs and 22 RBI
*Batted .571 (4-for-7) with the bases loaded including a grand slam versus Furman on March 28 that won a Bulldog fan $5,000
*Seven three-hit games including one over Furman with a career-high 7 RBI too
*Went 2-for-5, 2 HRs and 4 RBI in season-opener versus #15 Oregon State
*Hit .417 (5-for-12) with 5 runs scored and 6 RBI in series at Kentucky in April
*Batted .500 (6-for-12) with 5 RBI in series at #7 South Carolina in May

2006 (Freshman):
*Named Freshman All-American by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball
*Started all 70 games at shortstop in helping lead Georgia to the College World Series
*Batted .280-12-54 with a .937 FLD%; Batted .273-5-16 in SEC action
*Tied for second on the team in RBI (54) plus was second in Runs Scored (61) and third in Home Runs (12)
*Had 22 multiple hit games including 11 three-hit games
*Ranked second in the SEC with 219 assists
*Moved up to the third spot in the order for the final 30 games and batted .297 with 22 RBI and 30 Runs Scored
*Hit first career home run (3-run) vs. #8 San Diego on Feb. 26
*Smacked a two-run home run in the top of the ninth at #11 Arkansas to win 8-7 and clinch the series
*Batted .600 (6-for-10) with six RBI and four runs in series sweep of Louisville
*In the sweep of #12 South Carolina, he batted .584 (7-for-12) with five runs scored and perfect fielding in 12 chances
*Batted .727 (8-for-11) with seven RBI and four runs in three games vs. Georgia Tech including scoring the game-winning run in the 11-inning thriller at Turner Field in front of a crowd of 19,119
*Career-long eight game hitting streak from May 14-26 when he batted .429 (15-for-35) with 12 RBI and 11 Runs Scored
*A member of the SEC Freshmen Academic Honor Roll

High School:
*A graduate of Westminster and two-sport standout
*Played baseball for Jim Jefferson and football for Gerry Romberg
*A four-year starter in baseball and three-year starter in football
*Senior year led the team with a .456 batting average as well as in runs scored, hits, triples, home runs, total bases and walks
*Named team captain and earned the MVP Award
*Named All-City first team and the Braves 400 Club All-Star team
*Hit .323-1-16 and .359-1-17 in his first two years as the Wildcats advanced to the final four of the state playoffs
*Batted .340-3-21 with 10 SBs as a junior
*Earned the F. White Kenan Award and was the captain of the team plus named All-City first team
*Member of East Cobb Yankees and Astros summer league teams
*Helped Yankees win the 2005 Connie Mack World Series and the Astros to the 2003 AAU Junior Olympics title
*Named MVP and won Golden Glove and Top Hitter Awards
*Named AAA All-State his junior season as a FS, and as a QB as a senior by the GACA, Associated Press and Atlanta Journal
*Threw for 1,829 yards and 25 TDs as a senior
*Also rushed for 7 TDs as a senior

Personal:
*Born Sept. 16, 1986
*Son of Gordon and Sully Beckham
*Gordon's father was a QB for the Univ. of South Carolina
*Major: Pre-Business