Brad Hardcastle, a senior journalism major, won the Pinnacle award for best sports multimedia story from the College Media Association.
“I’m a huge college baseball fan, so I was interested to see how the new baseballs would impact offensive numbers,” said Hardcastle.
Hardcastle kept track of the offensive numbers for TCU since the change and noticed how the new flat-seam baseball was making a noticeable difference.
“I knew Jim Scholossnagle wasn’t happy with the way the old balls were playing,” said Hardcastle. “And since TCU had a lot of upperclassmen on last year’s team, I knew they would have a good frame of reference since they had played with both.”
While Hardcastle’s story has won it share of awards, he said there are changes he wish he would’ve made.
“One of my friends was an engineering major and sent my story to one of his professors,” said Hardcastle. “Apparently a student was doing some research about the aerodynamics of stitching on baseballs, so I would have talked to her had I known she was researching the baseballs as well.”
Hardcastle has also won a Milner award for Visual Story of the Year prior to this award.