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WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) – The new college bats are made of composite metal. They’re intended to be a safer bat with less punch behind a powerful swing. UNCW baseball coach Mark Scalf expects there to be more emphasis on pitching and defense due to the new bats. ” If players can hit, then they’ll be able to hit just as well as they did last year with the old bats,” says Scalf. “They just won’t be able to show as much power as they did in the past.”

Senior Daniel Cropper loves the new bats, but he’s a pitcher. “They’re going to bring a whole new aspect to college baseball. Balls that typically might leave the yard if you fist a guy just won’t happen this year. This new bat plays more like a wooden bat. The sweet spot is smaller. It doesn’t have the pop the old bats did.”

Senior Justin Bradley says most of the UNCW hitters don’t like the bats. He only likes them because he’s a pitcher too. ” I like them as a pitcher because you lose a lot of pop, but I know the hitters have been complaining about it because they’ll come in the dugout and say I got a hold of that one, but it didn’t go anywhere.”

UNCW opens the 2011 season at home on Friday against Jacksonville University. First pitch with the new bats will be 4pm.

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