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Kevin Ritsche has suspended the Gofundme page that he created earlier this week.

The Gofundme page that was created by Coach Kevin Ritsche of Winston-Salem State has been suspended and is no longer taking pledges.

The page, which was set up by Ritsche to help save the baseball program, was created earlier this week.

Ritsche could not be reached for further comment.

Earlier this month Dr. Elwood Robinson, the school's chancellor and George Knox, the interim athletics director, made the announcement that the program would be disbanded after this season is over. This is the ninth season since the program was resurrected.

Knox said the baseball program costs $350,000, and that money would be used for revenue sports as well as resurrecting the men’s golf program in 2020.

The Rams (19-11) are continuing their season this weekend playing two games today in Asheboro against Virginia State and then playing at Virginia State on Sunday.

In 2010 Bill Hayes, who was the athletics director, hired Ritsche, who was already working at the university. Ristche has continued as an assistant professor in the exercise physiology department at WSSU while also winning more than 300 games as the baseball coach.

The Rams won six CIAA titles in seven years before the conference stopped sponsoring baseball two years ago. This is the second season that WSSU is playing as an independent program.

Since 2011 the Rams won six CIAA titles and made six regional playoffs including coming up one game short in 2017 of reaching the Division II College World Series.

The Rams are also the last HBCU Division II program in the state of North Carolina.

For those that missed it here's a story on the announcement that the program will be disbanded after this season.

https://www.journalnow.com/sports/wssu/baseball/after-nine-seasons-wssu-baseball-program-is-being-dropped-to/article_ba8bdbe3-a71b-53c2-8b93-15df8f8c5d6b.html

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