Has College Baseball Deadened Offense Too Much? And is it Helping Northern Teams?

By Ross Fulton on June 23, 2013 at 6:51p

In 2010 college baseball rules officials reduced barrel size, banned composite bats and adopted a new standard to address concerns about pitcher safety, out-of-control scoring and lengthy game times. The standard is known as B.B.C.O.R, for Batted Ball Coefficient of Resolution, a formula measuring the speed of a ball off the bat.

College teams averaged 6.98 runs and .94 home runs a game in 2010 before the new standard was adopted, according to the N.C.A.A. Figures as of March 31 this season (the most recent available), showed a drop to 5.25 runs and .37 homers. Teams are averaging twice as many sacrifices (.74) as home runs. And team batting fell to .270, which, if it stands, will be the lowest since 1973, the last year collegians swung wooden bats.

Indiana's manager Trey Smith believes that these changes have assisted fundamentally sound northern teams compete against those from the South.  The talk, however, is of having college baseball switch to the livlier ball used in the minor leagues. 



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captain obvious's picture

The answer is yes.
UCLA has scored a total of 8 runs in 3 games and they are in the Championship.
Their team batting average is under .250.

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buck-I.8's picture

I think there should be someone looking for another reason for the drop in offense. Yes, the change in bat types can explain some of the drop in production, but this is something that studies have shown should affect high school play much more than college. Studies have shown that the harder pitchers throw, the less of a difference the bat type will make, even with wood bats. Theoretically, the number of offensive production shouldn't be vastly disparate with the change in tools when pitchers are consistently throwing upward of 80 mph, so it's an interesting result that we've seen here. 


The only way you're going to answer this question for sure is for the NCAA to adopt wooden bats. I doubt it will happen because of the tremendous expense a season full of wood bats would cost a team, but that would be the true litmus test. I am willing to bet the B1G and other northern teams would still hold their own. Great pitching should be the equalizer. Those aluminum bats they used to use were flat out ridiculous. A check swing would hit the outfield wall.

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NoVA Buckeye's picture

Helping northern teams and hurting southern ones?

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