BERKELEY (KCBS) — It’s the beginning of the end for Cal baseball as the team begins its last season this weekend. Friday’s rain out pushed the start of Cal’s final baseball season to Saturday.

Cal Senior Alexandra Braverman still can’t believe there will be no baseball team next year.

“Baseball’s huge, especially with the Giants winning last season. Everyone was excited about Cal baseball and now it’s so sad the funding got cut,” said Braverman.

KCBS’ Anna Duckworth Reports:

Last September,the athletic department cut the baseball program in a move that has former Cal football player Tom Canada feeling for the players.

“I think it’s pretty horrible, a lot of these guys are scholarship athletes or came from all over the country to play their sport. It really throws off their chances to excel to the next level,” Canada sympathized.

But grad student Jason Traeger agreed with the move. He said the first priority at a university should always be education.

“Sports should always come second. It’s unfortunate, but we need to have money for education,” said Traeger.

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