Cal baseball was not reinstated on Friday after Chancellor Robert Birgeneau told supporters of the program they still needed to raise another $1 million to reach his target of $10 million.

"I wish it was an April Fool's joke," Doug Nickle, one of the Save Cal Baseball organizers, posted on Facebook. "Unfortunately it doesn't seem to matter what month it is."

A campus spokesman said there would be no announcement about the fate of the 119-year-old baseball program until at least Tuesday.

Stu Gordon, a former Cal pitcher and San Francisco attorney, met with Birgeneau early in the week to show him that more than $9 million had been raised. The chancellor told boosters two months ago they needed $10 million to keep the program afloat for seven to 10 years while they created a permanent endowment to pay for the sport.

Gordon said at the time he expected an answer from the chancellor by the end of the week and suggested, "I think it's good news." Nickle said he couldn't envision any outcome other that reinstatement.

On Friday morning, supporters were told they needed to close the gap to $10 million.

"Frustration does not begin to explain our sentiment at this time," Nickle wrote on Facebook.



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