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MSU Closer to Seeing the Return of Baseball

Midwestern State University is closer to hearing the crack of a baseball bat on campus.

Regents say baseball is returning to MSU and their goal is to make it happen in about two years.
So today, board of regents talked about funding as well as the impact baseball could have on boosting enrollment.

Over the years, baseball has been big at Midwestern State University.
"This actually started sometime in the Junior College days, not sure when, then brought back in the mid-50's and came to a close after an automobile accident in the early 60's.  It was brought back again in the early '70's and the last time we fielded a team was 1983," says Tray Reed, assistant athletic director at MSU.

Now, MSU officials are bringing the sport back.
During the board of regent's meeting, members discussed the start-up cost of the program, which will total $4 million.
But athletic officials say interest in the program has caused private donations to pour in.

"We're well over three.  We're getting close enough to where we can really think hard about it," says MSU Athletic Director Charlie Carr.

In fact, MSU President Dr. Jesse Rogers said they actually have $3.9 million in pledged private donations.
Once the program is up and running school officials expect baseball to bring 40 to 50 student athletes, but that's not all.

"There's always the cousins and uncles and aunts, sisters and brothers that come with them.  So, we thought, moderately or modestly thinking that there's probably an enrollment increase of at least 100 or more," Carr explains.

MSU officials have two on-campus sites for the field but the exact location has not been determined yet.
They expect to make that decision in November.
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