Hometown: Miami, FL
Returning home to finish collegiate career... Played the past two seasons at Tennessee, having started as a true freshman ... Will look to bat in the middle of the Bucs order ... In addition to catching, Gomes will also see time at third base ... Enters the season as the No. 6 ranked Division II prospect according to Baseball America ... Of the top ten prospects listed, Gomes is ranked the highest among Division II catchers.
SOPHOMORE (2008--Tennessee): Earned second-team All-SEC honors ... Played in 52 games with 50 starts ... Made 40 starts behind the plate, nine at first base and one as the designated hitter ... Batted third or fourth in the order for 37 of his 50 starts ... Threw out 12 potential base-stealers while earning a spot on the Johnny Bench Award watch list ... Hit .403 vs. left-handed pitchers while batting .270 against right-handers ... Posted a team-best .347 average with runners on base (33 of 95) ... Led the team with four sacrifice flies ... Totaled 18 multi-hit games and eight multi-RBI games ... Hit .336 in SEC play with five home runs, 24 RBI and a team-best 41 hits ... Went 1-for-3 with a run in UT's loss to Texas Tech March 1 in Houston ... Went 2-for-2 with a double and a walk March 9 vs. Eastern Michigan G2 ... Delivered a two-run double to jumpstart UT's win over Middle Tennessee March 11 ... Was the hero of Tennessee's first-ever three-game sweep of LSU March 14-16, hitting .545 in the series with a 1.455 slugging percentage ... Totaled nine RBI in the Sunday doubleheader against LSU, including a walk-off grand slam in the series-finale (his second homer of the game) ... Hit a two-run homer during a 3-for-5 day as the Vols beat Georgia 4-3 in 10 innings on March 23 ... Drove in two runs while going 4-for-6 at Auburn March 29 ... Belted a three-run homer to help UT come from behind to beat No. 13 Florida April 5 G2 ... Collected three hits in UT's series-clinching win over Alabama April 13 and hit .385 in the series ... Belted a solo homer at Arkansas April 18 as part of a two-hit effort ... Was key to UT's 10-inning win at Arkansas April 20, going 4-for-5 with three RBI, a run and a walk ... Hit .500 in the Arkansas series with a team-high four RBI ... Drove in a game-high three runs in the win over Appalachian State April 22 ... Authored a 17-game hit streak from April 5 to April 29 during which he hit .418 (28-for-67) ... It was the longest hit streak by a Vol since 2002.
FRESHMAN (Freshman All-America--2007--Tennessee): Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America and Freshman All-SEC selection was one of UT's most productive rookies, hitting .310 with 70 hits, eight home runs and 47 RBI ... Threw out 11 base runners in 26 games behind the plate; started UT's other 33 games at first base ... Hit .284 in SEC play with 33 hits, four homers and 17 RBI ... Recorded 19 multi-hit games and a team high 13 multi-RBI games ... Began the season at first base but started behind the plate for 13 straight games in J.P. Arencibia's absence (back injury) from Feb. 23 through March 11 ... Recorded base hits in each of the first two games of the year at No. 13 Florida State ... Made his debut behind the plate Feb. 11 vs. Eastern Michigan and logged on RBI and one run scored ... Caught both games of the Bethune-Cookman series Feb. 16 and 18 ... Hit .455 (5-for-11) during the IPFW series Feb. 23-24, with a pair of multi-hit games and a team-high seven runs ... Led the Vols with a .545 average, six hits and six RBI in the Illinois-Chicago series March 2-4 ... Hit his first collegiate home run in the UIC series-finale March 4 ... Drove in eight straight Tennessee runs during a three-game span from March 3-6 ... Started UT's comeback March 6 vs. Lipscomb with a two-run single that tied the game at 2-2 ... Went 4-for-4 with two runs, two RBI and a homer March 9 vs. Siena ... Homered in a two hit, two-run effort March 11 vs. Siena ... Went 3-for-4 in his first career SEC game March 16 at No. 22 Alabama, and he sent his first-ever SEC pitch out of the park for a solo home run ... Drove in two runs on a pair of doubles vs. Wright State March 20 ... After going 0-for-4 in the series-opener vs. Georgia March 23, he bounced back by going 5-for-9 with three RBI, three runs and a homer in the next two games against the Bulldogs ... Tied for the team lead with three RBI in the series vs. No. 7 Arkansas March 30-April 1 ... Hit a three-run homer against Furman April 17 that helped the Vols pull away from the Paladins in a 12-7 victory ... Was UT's top hitter in the series at top-ranked Vanderbilt April 20-22, recording five hits, four RBI and a home run ... Went 3-for-3 with three RBI at ETSU April 24 ... Logged three hits in a career-high seven at-bats with a run and an RBI at LSU April 29 ... Went 2-for-5 with a run and an RBI May 6 against Ole Miss ... Drove in three runs on two hits vs. Belmont May 9 ... Scored three runs in the win over Tennessee Tech May 15 ... Hit a solo home run at Florida May 19 in a win that secured UT's berth in the SEC Tournament ... Finished the season with a .422 batting average against left-handers and a .265 average vs. right-handers ... Hit .329 with runners in scoring position and had 24 two-out hits ... Reached base at a team-best .458 clip when leading off an inning (22 of 48).
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Southridge High School in Miami, Fla. ... Rated by Baseball America as the 143rd-best high school prospect in the nation among 2006 seniors ... Earned All-Dade County honors as a junior in 2005 ... The Spartans finished 2005 as the regular-season 16-6A district champions after starting the year with 19 consecutive wins ... Hit .481 with five home runs and 25 RBI as a junior in 2004 ... Played summer ball with the Florida Bombers and helped the club win the 2006 World Wood Bat Association 18-U National Championship ... Is tied for first on the Bombers' all-time single-season list with 59 hits while ranking second on the single-season RBI charts with 55 (both in 2006).
PERSONAL: Son of Decio and Claudia Gomes ... Receipient of the Captain & Mrs. Dan C. Clements Athletic Scholarship Endowment ... Majoring in psychology.
Lowest stolen base against pct.: 1st (.483)
Most home runs: t-7th (21)
Most runs batted in: 1st (92 in 2009)
Most total bases: 1st (172 in 2009)
Most sacrifice flies: t-1st (8 in 2009)
Highest slugging pct.: 2nd (.775 in 2009)
Most runs scored: 2nd (69 in 2009)
Most hits: 2nd (90 in 2009)
Most home runs: 2nd (21 in 2009)
Most games started: t-2nd (55 in 2009)
Highest batting avg.: 3rd (.405 in 2009)
Most games played: t-4th (55 in 2009)
Most times grounded into DP: t-4th (8 in 2009)
Lowest stolen base against pct.: 5th (.483 in 2009)
Most caught stealing by: 5th (15 in 2009)
Most at bats: 7th (222 in 2009)
Most fly outs: t-10th (60 in 2009)