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Home run totals down with new bats

Updated: April 7, 2011, 7:24 PM ET
Associated Press

OMAHA, Neb. -- College baseball teams are hitting half as many home runs and averaging a run less per game halfway through the season.

Blame -- or credit -- the new metal bats put into play this year.

The average Division I team is hitting 0.47 home runs a game and scoring 5.63 runs, compared with 0.85 home runs and 6.98 runs at a comparable point last season.

The NCAA researched data through Sunday's games and released the findings Thursday.

Coaches Mike Fox of ...

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