15 CWS homers mirror rise in offense across college baseball
OMAHA, NB - The 15 home runs hit in 16 College World Series games are the most since the tournament moved to TD Ameritrade Park in 2011 and mirrored the increases in offense across Division I this season.
The NCAA put a new flat-seam ball into play this year to counter severe drops in offense since bat specifications changed in 2011. The new ball replaced the more wind-resistant raised-seam ball.
College baseball officials were especially interested in how the ball would play in Omaha's expansive stadium. NCAA manager director of championships and alliances Damani Leech said he hoped for 10 home runs and is "thrilled" there were 15.
For the season, home runs increased 42 percent in Division I.