BERKELEY, Calif. -- California is keeping baseball after all.

Nearly two months after the university reinstated three other teams that were slated for elimination, the school said Friday that baseball would survive after a massive fundraising effort by alumni, former players, parents of current players and other team supporters.

Cal said financial commitments totaling $9 million were presented to Chancellor Robert Birgeneau on Thursday by former Golden Bears pitcher and fundraising leader Stu Gordon. The total was short of the initial $10 million goal so additional money is still needed in this effort—but the Cal administration was confident enough to say the program would be saved.