After a months-long fight, California's baseball program has been reinstated.
The school announced today that, after a significant increase in philanthropic pledges in the last few days, commitments totaling $9 million were presented to chancellor Robert Birgeneau on Thursday by San Francisco attorney Stu Gordon, a former Cal pitcher and leader of the fundraising effort. The fundraising efforts remain about 10 percent short of the previously identified $10 million goal, but donors and the campus administration have agreed that the team's formal reinstatement will be announced once the $10 million target is reached through continued fundraising.
Trrip Note: Is this good news? Maybe. Cal gets to continue their long baseball tradition. But it's also bad news. Cal just set a precedent for pointing a loaded gun at the face of the fans and big-money donors, setting them up to be the fall guys if baseball is cut.
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“This definitely hurts,” Brown said. “Coming out and performing in a big league stadium, you want to do well. It’s really frustrating.”
One silver lining for the Tigers was their bullpen. Led by Dusty Ross, who didn’t allow a hit and struck out five over three innings, Missouri didn’t allow a run over the final six innings. But even Ross, a junior college transfer from Texas, could empathize after Missouri dropped its fifth straight game overall to KU.
“Losing to these guys isn’t acceptable,” Ross said. “I didn’t really know much about the rivalry before I came here, but since I’ve been here, I know that losing to KU, that’s not OK. This is not OK.