Originally posted on Fox Sports South  |  Last updated 5/7/13
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 boosted the Jackets' status (currently No. 25) in college baseball's RPI rankings. "(Wins like this) are major RPI games," said Hall, in his 20th season with Georgia Tech. Throughout the evening, the press box at Bill Davis Stadium (and Nick Swisher Field) was awash with Columbus-based writers, many coming away impressed with Georgia Tech which accounted for nine runs and 14 hits ... and six shutout innings from Jackets starter Jonathan King. There were also subsequent queries in the realm of, How did this team lose eight of 10 games, prior to Tuesday? One theory: Perhaps Georgia Tech (30-18 overall) needed a simple change of venue to recapture its mojo from March and early April, when the club was nationally ranked and seemingly cruising toward an NCAA tourney bid. "(King) pitched very well. He's been very good for us; by far, this was his best performance," beamed Hall. "He threw a lot of strikes. ... We gave him some runs early, which helped him relax a little." The Jackets opened with a flurry in the first inning, scoring two runs off Buckeyes starter Jake Post, thanks to one hit (an RBI double from Zane Evans), one steal (Brandon Thomas) and two hits batsmen (Thomas, Daniel Palka). On Evans' double a hot shot off the center-field wall Palka nearly ran past Thomas when approaching third base, before slowing down just enough to let Thomas sprint to home plate, unfettered. Georgia Tech busted out again three innings later, highlighted by catcher Mitch Earnest's RBI single and Palka's three-run triple. Throw in a Thomas RBI single (7th inning), a Sam Dove solo homer and Earnest RBI double in the ninth ... and you have the offensive components to a decisive victory. It's worth noting that of Palka's 10 most recent hits including seven extra-base hits he has accounted for 14 RBI. It's also worth mentioning that Georgia Tech is only one-fifth through its weekly gauntlet of Ohio State (32-15, currently fourth in the Big Ten) and North Carolina, the nation's No. 1 team at 42-4. The UNC series (FridaySaturdaySunday in Atlanta) could go a long way toward securing the Jackets a berth in the ACC tournament (May 22-26), for which Georgia Tech stands as the defending champions.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
Most strikeouts by a hitter in a single season
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

David Ortiz thinking about comeback after Chris Sale trade?

Jeff Fisher hilariously explains why he couldn’t find challenge flag

Dodgers have reportedly been in touch with Jose Bautista

D’Qwell Jackson suspended four games for PED use

Coaches irked by late-season Thursday night division games?

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Donatas Motiejunas refuses to report to Rockets after they match RFA offer sheet

Green-Beckham touted fake charity for #MyCauseMyCleats

Rashaan Salaam dead at 42

Claire Smith becomes first woman to win BBWAA’s J.G. Taylor Spink Award

Report: Gregory eligible to practice, could play in Week 16

49ers say Colin Kaepernick will start against Jets

The best (and worst) times athletes hosted 'SNL'

The five must-have sports games of 2016

MLB Winter Meetings report, Day 1: News, notes and rumors

The five 2016 Heisman finalists: How do they measure up?

Box Score 12/6: Klay Thompson and the ball of fire

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Sporting life: Gifts for real fans (that aren't ugly NFL sweaters)

This Jaguars regime needs to be put out of its misery

The good, bad, and ugly from NFL Week 13

Championship Week as explained by Diana Ross

Cult of Sport: Before there was Ezekiel Elliott, there was Eric Dickerson

MLB Winter Meetings primer: Every team's trade temperature on the hot stove

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The five best (and worst) times athletes hosted 'SNL'

The five must-have sports games of 2016

Winter Meetings report, Day 1: News, notes and rumors

The five 2016 Heisman finalists: How do they measure up?

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Sporting life: Gifts for real fans (that aren't ugly NFL Christmas sweaters)

The good, bad, and ugly from NFL Week 13

Championship Week as explained by Diana Ross

Cult of Sport: Before there was Ezekiel Elliott, there was Eric Dickerson

Winter Meetings primer: Every team's trade temperature on the hot stove

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker