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Cal Bears Raise Over $9 Million To Reinstate Baseball Program in Berkeley

Published by on April 11, 2011

In September, the University of California-Berkeley announced that, due to financial constraints, it was cutting five sports from its athletic department, including varsity baseball.

Over the following six months, the baseball program continued amongst uncertainty if fund-raising efforts would meet a lofty goal to save the program and bring it back for a 2012 season.

The Golden Bears baseball team reported Friday afternoon for what was supposed to be a routine scouting meeting to discuss its opponent, the Arizona Wildcats.

Rather than discussing pitching and hitting strategies, the Bears coaching staff announced to its players that the university was reinstating the baseball program thanks to $9 million in donations.

"They let out with a loud ovation," Bears head coach David Esquer told the San Francisco Chronicle's Tom FitzGerald.

The Bears entered the weekend series against Arizona with a 19-7 record, good enough to be ranked 13th in the nation. The Bears dropped two...

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