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NCAA Division I set to change baseballs

NCAA Division I set to change baseballs

NCAA Division I set to change baseballs

College baseball won't be getting its "ping" back any time soon, but the NCAA Division I Baseball Committee made a decision Tuesday it hopes will lead to more offense.

Beginning in 2015, the NCAA Tournament will introduce a lower-seamed ball. The new ball will be similar to the style of ball used at professional levels.

Researchers at Washington State University found the new ball flies farther than the higher-seamed version currently used in college baseball.

Conferences also will be able to adopt the new ball in 2015.

The reason for the change stems from the offensive drop seen throughout the college game since the 2011 switch from regular aluminum bats to BBCOR bats, which act more like wooden bats than past aluminum models.

The 5.38 runs-per-game average in 2012 was the lowest in NCAA Division I history since teams combined for the same average in 1975.

Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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