JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – For the first time in Jacksonville University softball history, a Dolphin was drafted to play softball professionally. Recent graduate and standout Madison Ragan was selected by Outkast in the 13th round as the 50th overall pick in the 2018 American Softball Association Summer League Draft, Wednesday evening.
"I'm incredibly happy for Madison to have the opportunity to continue to play the game she loves and compete at the professional level," said Dolphin head coach Erica Ayers. "We're also grateful for the ASBA and opportunity it is providing for a lot of great athletes."
Ragan began her collegiate career at junior college powerhouse Chipola College, where she led the team to back-to-back NJCAA Division I National Championship title games – winning it all in 2015 and finishing as runner-up in 2016.
After transferring, Ragan made a name for herself as a utility/right-handed pitcher and earned a spot on the 2017 ASUN Conference First Team after hitting .312 with six home runs and posting a 7-6 record in the circle. This season, Ragan led the Dolphins hitting .346 with seven home runs and 28 RBI en route to their fourth-straight appearance in the ASUN Conference Tournament.
50th pick - Outkast - Madison Ragan - Jacksonville U— ASBA Pro Softball (@ASBAsoftball) June 6, 2018
About the ASBA
The American Softball Association (ASBA) is a women's professional softball league competing in Mobile, Ala., with the 2018 Summer League marking the first season of the ASBA's existence. An alternative to National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), the ASBA will have all home games played at Texas Street Park in Mobile, Ala.
The inaugural summer season is based in Mobile, Alabama and will run from June 15 through July 31.
Outkast is a travel softball organization that uses fastpitch softball to emphasize self-esteem, commitment, and knowledge, that currently has six teams in the Mobile, Alabama area.
Pat Grant, currently an assistant softball coach at Temple College in central Texas, was hired as head coach of Outkast on May 22. Prior to his time at Temple College, Grant served as a graduate assistant coach at Mississippi College, where he led the development of several All-Gulf South Conference and All-South Region players. He also coaches travel ball for a pair of 16U teams – Gulf Coast Velocity and Mississippi Prospects – which have multiple Division I signees.
Formerly a baseball player at Meridian Community College, Grant graduated from Mississippi State in 2016, having previously served as a student manager under head softball coach Vann Stuedeman.