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New baseball translates to more home runs, more strikeouts

 

The flat-seam baseball is having an effect on Division I baseball.

The NCAA released statistical trends for baseball Wednesday, comparing 2014 with 2015 through the first three weeks of the season.

The trends compared the use of the raised-seamed baseball that was used in 2014 to the flat-seamed baseball used in 2015.

The biggest statistical change from 2014 to 2015 is an increase in home runs that is up more than 40 percent from 0.33 per game in 2014 to 0.47 per game in 2015.

Stanford has hit four home runs so far, the same number it had last year at this point.

However, additional home runs have not led to more total runs. As of March 1, runs scored in a game are up only 4 percent, and the batting average went from .263 in 2014 to .264 in 2015.

The Cardinal was hitting .237 through March 1 this season, though the victory over San Jose State on Tuesday kicked that up to .256.

This season, strikeouts have risen from 6.81 per nine innings in 2014 to 7.66 per nine innings in 2015.

Stanford can attest to the rise in strikeouts. Cardinal hitters are whiffing at a rate of 7.78 per nine innings this year as opposed to 6.72 at this point last year.

Weather has also impacted schedules more this year than last year. On average, each team has played about one fewer game than the same point last year as weather has caused 252 fewer games played in 2015 compared to the same time last year.

The full report can be viewed on the NCAA website.

— NCAA

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