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Baseball meets fundraising goal

18 December 2013 By Jesse Jones, Sports Editor 8 Comments

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.


  • Lois said:

    This is good news that Athletics is raising their own funds to keep a sport. I hope that this continues and the University lessens their practice of fleecing the students to provide financial support of sports that impact so few students. I would love to see the University hold a comprehensive open forum on the student fee system and really listen to the students about what we feel is important. Base the fees on that, not on some system that has been in place for years and produces little that impacts the majority of the campus community.

  • Frsutrated Towson Faculty said:

    This is another example of the President rolling over as the lapdog of Towson Sports or the Arts. Anything they need good ol Maravene just lays down and says OK while the rest of the Academic faculty fails to have any meaningful adjustment to our salaries. Perhaps if I taught someone how to toss a ball, be overly dramatic, pretend to be inside an imaginary box, or run fast I could make a competitive salary.

  • Towson fan said:

    I see the haters are out. Be happy for what was accomplished. Lois is a small increase in student fees really going to break anyone. come on now. Don’t Make this about you. And to the frustrated person. Should you really be looking for a raise if you can’t spell frustrated. So think about it before you put down a kid who can toss a ball. Shame on both of you. Be happy. sports is an important part of college life.

  • sports fan said:

    i would like someone to do a study of what is the percentage rate of student athletes compared to non student athletes, one very important stat for a university.

    I bet you a dollar to a donut that Student Athletes have a higher graduaton rate than non student athletes at Towson University

    If you are a teaching for the money i think you may have choose the wrong profession.
    I would not want to be an athlete and take whatever you are teaching, you sound very bitter

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  • Tigers alum said:

    Great for the baseball team. Now the athletic department should spread all the revenues from the department among all teams that represent Towson University and stop this survival of the fittest mentality among Towson teams.

  • Reality Bites said:

    So baseball stays around for two years, what happens when the welfare runs out that is keeping the program alive? Should have cut this team last year because no one cares enough to come to the games. For the “last” home game last year before the conference tournament not even 200 people showed up and it did not cost anything to get in. Wow, that is awesome. All Towson sports are little league.

  • Brendan Maltese said:

    All Towson sports are little league? Are you kidding me? Do you not pay attention at all? We’ve come a really long way in the last few years.

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