New ball gets good reviews, but will it fly at big CWS park?
OMAHA, NB - The NCAA and people in college baseball are curious to see if the increases in home runs and scoring this season will continue at the College World Series.
In the four years the CWS has been played at TD Ameritrade Park, only 25 home runs have been hit in 59 games. Just three were hit each of the last two years, and per-team scoring dipped to three runs a game.
This year, thanks to the new flat-seam balls put into play, 135 home runs were hit in regionals and super regionals - way up from the 87 homers during the entire 2014 tournament.
While the national home-run rate has risen significantly, it held steady in the 31 games played so far this season at TD Ameritrade.
The CWS opens Saturday.