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Steps being taken to increase offensive numbers

June 24, 2014

There was a measure of concern during the College World Series that the number of home runs had dropped considerably.
NCAA managing director for championships and alliances Damani Leech believes there are many contributing factors for why the baseball is not leaving TD Ameritrade Park with frequency.
Leech said steps are being taken to increase offensive numbers, not only in Omaha, Neb., but across the nation.
One of the things Leech hopes will help in that area will be the move from a raised-seam baseball to flat-sean in 2015. Leech thinks it will take two years to know if the new ball makes any difference.
"Until you get 295 teams using that ball throughout the year, you don't really know for sure what's going to happen," Leech told The Associated Press earlier this month.
Mississippi State head coach John Cohen has heard that the new baseball will add an extra 10-15 feet off the bat.
Whether it does or not, Cohen said the Bulldogs are not going to change their identity on offense.
"When we get those 200 dozen or so baseballs and start hitting them every single day, we'll see what a difference it makes," Cohen said earlier this month. "In our ballpark, we still put a premium on being able to defend and cover the ballpark."

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