INDIANAPOLIS -- Home runs were up in NCAA Division I baseball more than 44 percent from 0.39 per game in 2014 to 0.56 per game in 2015.

The trends compared the use of the raised seamed baseball that was used by institutions in 2014 to the flat-seamed baseball used in 2015.

“The NCAA Division I Baseball Committee was encouraged and pleased by the overall play of the flat-seam baseball during the 2015 season,” said chair Dave Heeke, Associate VP/Director of Athletics at Central Michigan University.

“The statistical trends illustrated very positive results which we feel contribute to the betterment of college baseball. The committee will continue to follow the results next season and evaluate the overall performance of the ball and its impact on the game.”

Runs scored in a game were up from 5.08 in 2014 to 5.44 in 2015, while the batting average saw a small increase from .270 in 2014 to .274 in 2015. Not only did hitters see some success this year, but the pitchers did as well. Strikeouts rose from 6.48 per nine innings in 2014 to 7.02 per nine innings in 2015.

The complete 2015 final trends report and info graphic is below.

2015 NCAA DIVISION I BASEBALL FINAL TRENDS
  Mid-Season Final Mid-Season Final
  2014 2014 2015 2015
TEAMS +296 +296* +295 +295
Average Number of Games        
-- Played per team 24.8 54.8 24.6 54.5
         
BATTING        
Batting Average .268 .270 .269 .274
Runs Per Game 5.14 5.08 5.40 5.44
Home Runs Per Game 0.36 0.39 0.50 0.56
Slugging Percentage .360 .364 .377 .387
Stolen Bases Per Game 1.05 1.02 1.07 1.03
Sacrifice Hits Per Game 0.74 0.76 0.66 0.68
Sacrifice Flies Per Game 0.40 0.40 0.37 0.38
-- Percentage of RBIs from Sac Flies 8.81% 8.74% 7.82% 5.67%
         
PITCHING        
Earned-Run Average 4.21 4.22 4.47 4.57
Strikeouts Per Nine Innings 6.64 6.48 7.34 7.02
Shutouts 464 1034 419 913
-- Pct. of D1 shutouts per D1 games pitched 6.31% 6.37% 5.77% 5.67%
         
FIELDING        
Fielding Percentage .965 .966* .964 .966*
         
Trends are through games of June 24, 2015, averages are per game and per team.
* Record high for completed season.
+ Does not include six reclassifying members.