MONTEVALLO, Ala. – Recent University of Montevallo graduate Austin Dubberly signed a professional baseball contract Friday, June 7 with the River City Rascals of the Frontier League, an independent baseball organization based in the Midwest.
The Helena, Ala. native completed a tryout with the Rascals, located in O'Fallon, Mo., earlier in the week and earned a contract offer to join the club. Dubberly is the first Montevallo player to sign a professional baseball contract since Nate Russ signed a minor league contract with the Atlanta Braves in 2010.
"I'm excited Austin has this opportunity to continue playing," said Montevallo baseball coach Chandler Rose. "He has worked very hard over the past four years to make himself a better player and deserves a chance to play. I couldn't be more proud of him."
The Rascals have played 16 games during their 2013 season and are currently in fourth place in the Frontier League West Division. Dubberly will join the club for the remainder of the regular season, which ends in early September. Visit http://www.rivercityrascals.com/ for more information about the team.
Dubberly, who is expected to play shortstop for the Rascals, will join a team with several players that have Minor League Baseball experience. Dubberly will join an infield that includes Phil Wunderlich, former University of Louisville baseball standout drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 12th round of the 2010 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft, and Jason Taylor, who spent time in the Kansas City Royals organization.
Dubberly batted .296 with four homeruns and drove in 40 runs while helping the Falcons reach the Peach Belt Conference tournament championship game for the first time during the 2013 season. Dubberly was named first team All-Peach Belt Conference and second team NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region by the American Baseball Coaches Association following his sophomore season in 2011.
Dubberly finished his career with his name at the top of the Montevallo baseball record book with 613 career assists, which surpassed the previous school-record mark of 521 career assists set by B.J. Holloway.
Dubberly's senior season also left him near the top of the school record book in two other categories. After recording 18 sacrifice hits this season, Dubberly finished just four sacrifice hits shy of tying the Falcons' previous record for most in a single season. Dubberly finished fifth among NCAA Division II players with his 18 sacrifice hits this season. Dubberly also finished with 741 career at-bats, which places him third in the Falcons' all-time record book.
Dubberly earned the Montevallo athletic department's John Bennett Walters Award as the top male scholar-athlete during the 2012-2013 season.
Dubberly, a Helena, Ala. native, ended his career at Montevallo with a 3.677 cumulative grade-point average and graduated this spring with a degree in Business Management. Dubberly was named to the Peach Belt Conference All-Academic team following both his junior and senior seasons, and has been named to the conference's Presidential Honor Roll multiple times in his career.
Dubberly, a four-year member of the baseball team, was also the department's male Sportsmanship Award recipient.