Salve Regina Baseball To Swing Axe Bats In 2015
We mentioned this bit of news in an earlier post, but today make it official with the announcement that the Salve Regina University baseball team will swing the Axe Bat this season. The Seahawks from Newport, R.I., compete at the NCAA Division III level and are coming off a 26-15 season in which they earned a No. 2 seed to the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Tournament. Salve Regina opens Friday against Widener (Pa.) at the Gene Cusic Classic in Fort Myers, Fla.
The full press release is below.
Seahawks of Newport, R.I., become the latest college program to choose the Axe™ Bat exclusively
RENTON, Wash. (March 3, 2015) – Baden Sports, Inc., today announced its Axe™ Bat has been chosen as the official bat of the Salve Regina University baseball program. The Seahawks of Newport, R.I., are members of the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) and compete at the NCAA Division III level. They join several other Division III programs, including nationally ranked Marietta College of Ohio and California Lutheran University, in swinging the Axe™ Bat this season.
The Axe™ Bat is Baden’s newest equipment innovation and represents a radical new approach to bat design. Its axe-shaped handle features an oval-shaped bottom, an angled knob and a flush backside that fits ergonomically in a batter’s hand. The patented design has been scientifically proven to provide better grip stability, improved power transfer, and more barrel acceleration compared to bats with traditional round knobs and handles.¹
“The Axe Bat represents the future of bat design and is the first bat built from the ground up for the hitter,” said Michael Schindler, CEO, Baden Sports. “We’re excited to have Salve Regina swinging the Axe Bat this season and are looking forward to supporting the program’s continued growth and success.”
The Axe™ Bat is approved for play at all amateur and professional levels, from Tee-ball to Major League Baseball, and is also being swung by several NCAA Division I programs this season. In addition to its performance benefits, the Axe™ Bat allows players to train longer, safer, because the ergonomic design of its handle spreads swing forces more evenly across a batter’s bottom hand, decreasing the risk of injury to the hamate bone and ulnar nerve, while also reducing hand fatigue.
Also, unlike traditional bats with round knobs and handles used at the high school and college levels, the Axe™ Bat is designed to be hit on one side and has a purpose-built, directional barrel engineered to withstand repeated, same-side impacts while still performing up to maximum allowable standards.
“Right away, our players noticed how much more comfortable the Axe Bat was in their hands,” said Eric Cirella, Salve Regina’s second-year head coach. “And the performance of the bats has been outstanding. We have big goals for this season and believe the Axe Bat can help us achieve them.”
The Seahawks open their season Friday against Widener University in Fort Myers, Fla. Last year, Salve Regina finished 26-15, earning the No. 2 seed to the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Tournament, despite having the toughest strength of schedule in program history.
Axe™ Bats can be purchased through team dealers, online or at major retailers nationwide. For more information, visit www.axebat.com.
About Salve Regina University
Salve Regina University is a Catholic, coeducational university founded by the Sisters of Mercy and located on 80 acres in the historic city of Newport, R.I. The school enrolls more than 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students and offers a comprehensive education with a liberal arts foundation. Salve Regina is a member of the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) competing in NCAA Division III. The university fields eight different varsity sports for men, including baseball, 10 varsity sports for women and one coeducational sport.
About Baden Sports
Baden Sports, Inc., an independent, family-owned company based in Renton, Wash., is a designer and producer of the highest-quality athletic balls. Baden also manufactures the new Axe™ line of high-performance baseball and softball bats. For 35 years, Baden’s product innovation and leadership have led conferences, programs and coaches at all levels to choose Baden as their official ball. For more information, visit Baden’s website and Facebook page.