{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

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.

{}
{}
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español