College baseball home runs up 39% due to new Flat-Seam Baseball

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Going, going, gone. 

If you're a fan of the long ball, we hope you've been tuning into NCAA college baseball games this season. And while the offensive explosion is interesting, so is the defensive side of the game. Strikeouts are up 10.5%. Still, pitchers are also seeing a hike in their own ERAs. 

Why was the ball introduced?

"In an effort to boost offense, the Division I Baseball Committee voted [...] to switch from the raised-seam baseball currently used during the NCAA tournament to a flat-seamed ball"

Mission accomplished.