Players and coaches share their memories on the 2011 switch to BBCOR bats, which feature smaller sweet spots and are designed to create lower exit speeds off the barrel.
Donnie Walton, OSU shortstop: “I think halfway through that first season, it wasn’t until you looked at the stats and realized how big the difference was. As far as hitting with those bats, you could tell a little bit.”
Tanner Krietemeier, OSU first baseman: “At Nebraska, I was never really a good bunter by any means. I was told I needed to get my bunting game on a good level, so I had a long practice session of just bunts. I finally got used to it pretty well.”
Zach Fish, OSU outfielder: “I used the BESR as a senior, the old bats, and I loved it because it had great pop and it was lot of fun swinging those things … When I was a senior in high school, if you hit it square it was going to be a no-doubt. Now you really have to catch it flush.”
Josh Holliday, OSU coach: “That first year, I was at Vanderbilt, and that team we had actually led the SEC in every offensive category. We had a group of strong, veteran players who had no problem making the switch. It’s when you get around younger, less-disciplined hitters when you can really tell the difference.”