American University's vice president for development and planning said yesterday a decision whether to drop the school's baseball program probably will not be made until this summer.

Donald Triezenberg said he will meet with Athletic Director Bob Frailey next week to begin discussing the future of the program.

The Eagles have gone 14-51-1 the last two years under Coach Dee Frady. Frady, 405-443-6 in 23 years at AU, is taking a one-year leave of absence with pay.

With Frady leaving, Triezenberg said, "we're going to have to come to grips with it by the summer. That will put a little pressure on us to do faster thinking." But, he said, "it will take most of the summer -- at least. It's not a trivial decision."

Triezenberg said he and Frailey have been reviewing the entire athletic program the past year. When asked what they have concluded so far about the future of the baseball program, Triezenberg said: "We want to support the programs we have so they can compete at the level they're supposed to. If there is a program we can't support, it makes no sense to keep it ."

Triezenberg said because "baseball is a national pastime," it won't be an easy decision. But, he said, "In many varsity programs, it's a struggle to give it the funds it deserves. The question is what do these programs need to excel and if we can provide it. We can't ask a program to struggle along that we can't support."