All eyes will be on Omaha this weekend as the 2012 College World Series gets underway.
The field is set, and some of the usual suspects are back again. The SEC leads the way with three teams, including South Carolina, gunning for its third consecutive national championship.
Now that we know who’s in, what are they swinging? Here’s a look at the baseball bats that all eight teams will be using.
UCLA, Arkansas, Florida — Easton
These three teams use the Easton Power Brigade Series.
Easton designed the Power Brigade with the idea that not all batters bat alike — some are power hitters, some are contact hitters, some fall somewhere in the middle. The Power Brigade is a series of eight bats, each balanced and weighted to compliment a certain hitting style, just like wood bats in the pros.
Florida State, Arizona — Louisville Slugger
The Wildcats and ‘Noles use Louisville Slugger’s 2012 lineup, which includes the Exogrid, Omaha and Z-1000.
The Exogrid is famous for it’s ultra-stiff composite handle, designed in a shock-absorbing grid pattern with an stiffness-enhancing internal sleeve. The Z-1000 is tuned for maximum barrel flex, and the Omaha is a familiar name around the CWS as it’s the latest in a long line of wildly successful Omaha bats for Lousiville Slugger.
South Carolina, Kent State — Rawlings
The Golden Flashes and the two-time defending champ Gamecocks swing Rawlings, specifically Rawlings’ 5150 BBCOR Baseball Bat.
The 5150 has spent a year in the game, and it’s a crowd favorite. It has a 4.3/5 rating at Baseball Express, one of our top baseball bats. The Velo features a longer barrel and a stiff handle.
Stony Brook — DeMarini
Stony Brook is the lone College World Series team using DeMarini, whose 2012-2013 lineup of baseball bats includes some familiar names.
The Voodoo is designed with some pretty awesome barrel graphics and a TR3 composite handle for faster bat speed. The CF5 pulls that technology into the barrel, creating a fully two-piece TR3 composite bat. Vexxum utilizes DeMarini’s X10 alloy for maximum power with minimal bat weight.
How do they stack up?
Let’s have a little fun and compare some of the season statistics in home runs…
Florida’s insane home run total for the season puts Easton in front.
- EASTON (UF 75 HR in 65 games; UCLA 23 in 61; UA 38 in 64) — 0.71 HR per game
- RAWLINGS (USC 41 in 62; KSU 43 in 64) — 0.66 HR per game
- DEMARINI (SB 37 in 65) — 0.56 HR per game
- LOUISVILLE SLUGGER (FSU 43 in 63; UA 20 in 60) — 0.51 HR per game