Vermont to Drop Baseball
Vermont has been playing baseball since 1888.
This year will be its last, the school announced Friday.
Facing a budget shortfall, Vermont laid off 16 administrative
staff and eliminated two sports - baseball and softball.
"This was an exceptionally difficult decision to make, knowing
the history and tradition of these programs and the impact that
it will have on the staff and student-athletes involved,"
athletics director Robert Corran said in a release from the
school. "They have always represented UVM and their sports in
exemplary fashion and have been positive contributors to the
quality of life on our campus. Unfortunately, we are facing
significant financial challenges which can only be addressed
through a major reorganization of our program."
The Catamounts were picked to finish fourth in the America East
Conference this season, one year removed from reaching the
conference championship game. Eighteen of its 28 players are
freshmen and sophomores.