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University gets nearly $1 million to revive baseball program

March 4, 2019

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The University of Akron has received a nearly $1 million gift from a former university baseball player and his wife to help revive its baseball program.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports the university announced the gift from William and Mary Skeeles in a campus newsletter last week.

The university says the money will go toward renovating the baseball stadium’s playing surface as part of a $2 million project to improve the Zips’ stadium.

The baseball program will return in 2020.

Former UA President Scott Scarborough ended baseball as a varsity sport in July 2015 as part of the school’s $40 million in budget cuts.

George Van Horne, senior associate athletics director for development and marketing, called the improvements to the field a recruiting advantage for the program.

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Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, http://www.ohio.com

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