O'Malley grants funds for TU baseball

Maryland governor Martin O'Malley has saved Towson University's baseball program – for now.

Towson received funding Monday, $300,000 per year for two years, to give the school's Division I baseball program and supporters a chance to raise funds to save the program by fall of 2015.

In a press release Monday, Towson University's president said she was pleased with the help from the governor.

"No leader seeks to make a decision to disappoint young people who have a passion, whether it's a sport or an academic discipline.  I thank the Governor for helping Towson address this Title IX issue through his supplemental budget-a move only he could make," said President Maravene Loeschke. "I am pleased that he heard my strong desire to not resolve this issue solely on the backs of students with a large student fee increase and I applaud his continued commitment to keep college affordable in Maryland."

The help comes after President Loeschke's meeting with Governor O'Malley last week. Even with the additional funding, a student fee increase of 1 percent, plus an additional fundraising effort of at least $100,000 per year from baseball program supporters will be required to keep the program in operation.

The additional funding does not include the reinstatement of men's soccer at Towson.  In order to reach proportionality, federal Title IX law will require Towson Athletics to explore additional female athlete opportunities in the near future.

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