BATON ROUGE, LA — There’s a concern about the sport of college baseball. The exciting offensive stats that fans love are on the decline. Both runs and home runs per game are down since the NCAA changed the bats after the 2010 season to make the game safer. The result of the new bats added a new concern.
“I'm not worried about offense but I do know other people like offensive games. They like more scoring in sports in general,” baseball fan Wyatt Winnie said.
He’s not calling for a change that many others are.
“It’s just not the same anymore,” said Grant Doucet. “I’m not a fan of west coast baseball. I want gorilla ball.”
There has been discussion for a solution to the problem. The NCAA isn’t expected to go back to the older, more powerful bats. But talk of bringing in a new, livelier ball has been picking up steam.
Philip Egusquiza is a proponent of the change under certain circumstances. “As long as it doesn’t compromise the integrity of the game,” he said. “No one wants a loaded bat where everyone hits a home run. And you don’t want to water it down to where it’s difficult to either.”
In the 2010 season, with the old bats, teams averaged almost one home run (.94) a game. In the 2013 season that number was cut by more than half (.42).
“Home runs are thing to watch and it definitely makes it more exciting,” he added.