Baseball meets fundraising goal
After surviving a potential removal from campus, the Towson baseball team was challenged to reach a fundraising goal of $200,000 over the next two years before it could use the $300,000 given from state officials, mainly Governor Martin O’Malley.
The team used its offseason to do just that, as it recently met the $100,000 mark for this year heading into the University’s winter break.
Because of this, the program and University will be able to use the state’s money as well, ensuring that Towson University will have a baseball program for the next two years.
“It’s a huge relief. It just goes to show how much support we have behind us,” senior outfielder Dominic Fratantuono said.
A key part of the fundraising was reaching out to alumni and building a network of people who care about the program, according to Fratantuono.
Director of Athletics Tim Leonard said in a meeting with The Towerlight on Wednesday that his long-term goal is to move forward with all 19 Varsity programs currently at Towson, including baseball.
He said that with all the recent successes of most of the programs, including football, basketball, baseball, men’s and women’s lacrosse and men’s and women’s swimming and diving, the University can capitalize on the momentum and build a solid foundation for years to come.
The University has also addressed some of the Title IX issues, a reason that men’s soccer was officially cut in the spring. After the upcoming spring season, renovations will begin on the softball facilities in order to continue Towson’s compliance with Title IX.
Leonard and the University will now have to come up with a permanent solution to keep baseball and solidify the athletics department as a whole.