Two anonymous donors have saved the baseball team at the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse. In a statement , Chancellor Joe Gow said, “Massive state budget cuts forced us to end funding for baseball at the close of the 2008-9 academic year, and it appeared that we would have to end a key program with a long and rich history. Fortunately, many private donors came forward, and thanks to their kindness, the UW-L baseball program is able to operate during the current year.” The La Crosse Tribune reports  that the $100,000 donation helped the team reach its five-year funding goal of $175,000, a benchmark it was required to meet by the UW system to ensure its continuation. Still, the gift assures the team's survival for only five more years. Boosters  say they are working to make the team self-sufficient by 2015.