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BGSU backtracks decision to cut baseball program after alumni raise more than $1.5 million

The decision to cut the university's baseball program was initially made mid-May due to financial problems caused by coronavirus.

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — Bowling Green State University Baseball is back after a group of alumni raised over $1.5 million to save the program.

Leaders with the university had announced the decision to cut the school's baseball program in mid-May, citing financial restraints due to coronavirus.

The move would have impacted 34 student-athletes and three coaches. 

Following the initial announcement, alumni of the organization stepped up to raise money and convince university leaders to reverse their decision.

After nearly two weeks, the effort has seemingly paid off for fans and alumni of Falcons baseball.

A statement from the BGSU Athletic Department said, "BGSU is grateful for its alumni and friends who have stepped up during this difficult time to ensure their alma mater is positioned to thrive on the other side of the current COVID-19 crisis. We are inspired by the efforts of our baseball alumni, and we look forward to continuing to cultivate and reinvigorate all BGSU alumni. We are excited for Opening Day in the spring. Ay Ziggy Zoomba!"  

Now the university, in partnership with alumni, will seek a long-term funding solution to support the program.

This story is developing. We will continue to keep you updated.

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