Home runs are up 39 percent in Division I baseball compared with the first half of the 2014 season, an indication the introduction of the flat-seam ball is having the desired effect. According to the NCAA midseason statistical report Wednesday, the per-team home-run rate has gone from 0.36 a game to 0.50. College baseball switched from a raised-seam ball to a flat-seam ball this season with the hope it would help inject more offense into the game.
Posted: April 1, 2015, 3:42 pm

In this March 27, 2015, photo, Nebraska relief pitcher Colton Howell (25) reacts after striking out Texas batter Ben Johnson for the third out in the eighth inning of a college baseball game in Lincoln, Neb. Big Ten baseball is on the rise. Nebraska swept nationally ranked Texas this past weekend and has won 14 of its last 15 games. (AP Photo/Lincoln Journal-Star, Francis Gardler)

Nebraska's three-game sweep of Texas this past weekend is the latest sign of Big Ten baseball's increasing credibility at the national level.


Posted: March 30, 2015, 7:04 pm
Belmont broke three NCAA Division I records and tied a fourth Sunday during a 20-run sixth inning in a 34-10 victory over UT Martin. The Bruins set the marks for most plate appearances (26), total bases (43) and RBIs (20) in an inning. The previous records were 25 plate appearances (by Delaware and New Mexico, each in 1993), 30 total bases (Delaware, 1993) and 19 RBIs (Clemson, 1998). Belmont homered seven times in the sixth to tie the record for most homers in an inning.
Posted: March 30, 2015, 2:23 am
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) -- Chuck ''Bobo'' Brayton, the long-time Washington State baseball coach and college Hall of Famer who had 1,162 career wins, has died at the age of 89.
Posted: March 28, 2015, 7:43 pm
NORTHFIELD, Minn. (AP) -- St. Olaf College is canceling the rest of its baseball season because of hazing.
Posted: March 28, 2015, 12:25 am

In this Wednesday, March 18, 2015, photo, Tennessee-Martin pitcher Carter Smith catches a ball as he throws a bullpen session before a college baseball game against Saint Louis in St. Louis. Smith, a senior, has turned into one of the best pitchers in the Ohio Valley Conference and is the No. 1 starter on his team despite the fact that he was born without a right hand. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Now, Carter Smith is turning into one of the best pitchers in the Ohio Valley Conference. Most gratifying for Smith is he's being looked at as a good college pitcher instead of a curiosity.


Posted: March 25, 2015, 6:37 am
An Oklahoma man pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Tuesday in the shooting death of a college baseball player from Australia. The Oklahoman (http://bit.ly/1DV6xSK ) reports that 19-year-old Michael DeWayne Jones was sentenced to life in prison for his involvement in the killing of Christopher Lane in 2013. Prosecutors say Jones was driving when a friend in his car fired the shot that killed Lane, who was out jogging in the city of Duncan, about 80 miles southwest of Oklahoma City. As part of the plea deal, Jones will not testify against his friend, Chancey Allen Luna, whose trial on a first-degree murder charge is set to begin next month.
Posted: March 24, 2015, 11:12 pm

Mississippi's Austin Knight, left, is tagged out by Florida catcher J.J. Schwarz (22) during the NCAA baseball game at Oxford-University Stadium in Oxford, Miss. on Saturday, March 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Oxford Eagle, Bruce Newman)

Coach Mike Bianco expected growing pains after losing key pieces from his College World Series team and starting the season with one of the toughest schedules in the country. The Rebels took a big step this past weekend by winning two of three against a Florida team that was ranked No. 1 by D1Baseball.com. The week before the Rebels lost two of three at LSU, which now holds down the No. 1 spot in two major polls. The defending SEC West champ Rebels are tied for third in the division at 3-3.


Posted: March 23, 2015, 7:23 pm

FILE - This Oct. 4, 2011, file photo, shows University of San Francisco baseball coach Nino Giarratano watching his players practice at the school in San Francisco. As the use of defensive shifts by major league clubs has increased exponentially in the last five years, college teams have taken notice. Ben Jedlovec, president of Baseball Info Solutions, which provided data to 21 of 30 major league clubs last season, is seeing some interest from college programs and only expects that to grow. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

Coach Eric Valenzuela invested $1,350 into technology to study college hitters and determine whether he might start shifting his infield at tiny Saint Mary's College. ''The investment is basically like a piece of equipment,'' said Valenzuela, who uses data from Diamond Charts as he looks for even the slightest edge. If you don't have them, your opponents are going to.'' As the use of defensive shifts by major league clubs has increased in the last five years, college teams have taken notice. ''Trying to gain an edge in any way is smart,'' said Elliott Strankman, a Bay Area-based amateur scout for the Minnesota Twins.


Posted: March 23, 2015, 7:05 am
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) -- Drew Rasmussen tossed the first perfect game in Oregon State history, striking out 10 in a 3-0 victory over Washington State on Saturday.
Posted: March 22, 2015, 6:35 am
A Bloomsburg University baseball player has been dismissed from the team for an offensive Twitter post about Little League World Series star Mo'ne Davis. The user account belonging to Joey Casselberry had been deactivated as of Saturday night, but screen captures of the tweet show that the player used an offensive word while criticizing news that a Disney Channel movie was being made about Davis. Bloomsburg announced the dismissal of the junior first baseman on Twitter.
Posted: March 22, 2015, 5:39 am

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