COLUMBUS, Ohio Never underestimate the power of a feel-good homecoming.
On Tuesday night, the Georgia Tech baseball team launched its most crucial week of the season by rolling over Ohio State, 9-2.
As a bonus, the Yellow Jackets also extended a personal present to head coach and Ohio native Danny Hall, who collected his first victory inside the Buckeye State since leading Kent State to the NCAA regionals in 1993.
"This was a special game for me, just because I grew up here. Parents, my sister, I went to Miami of Ohio, a lot of friends here," said Hall, a onetime draft pick of the Oakland Athletics (1973) and Kent State's head coach from 1988-93. "Probably more than anything, it's a chance to coach in front of people who have meant a lot to me over the years."
The win had program significance, as well, marking Georgia Tech's first-ever trip to Ohio territory an illustrious history that dates back to 1900 and includes 26 NCAA tourney berths since 1985 alone.
It also may have ...