June 9, 2006

Senior Dane Mason (Marlton, NJ/Oklahoma State University) signed a free agent contract with the Cincinnati Reds on Friday (June 9) announced by UTPA head baseball coach Willie Gawlik.

"Dane transferred here from Oklahoma State because he wanted to get more innings, and it turned out to be a great move for him," said Gawlik. "He got great exposure by pitching against the best teams in the country in Texas, Arizona and Oregon State. He's close to graduating so he accomplished a lot of great things during his stay here. We congratulate him, and we're really excited about his future."

An honorable mention All-Independent selection in 2006, Mason was the ace of the staff this past season as he posted a 7-5 record with a 5.24 earned run average. The right-hander hurler was third on the team with 61 strikeouts in 89.1 innings of action. Mason posted a streak of four-consecutive starts in which he allowed one earned run or less against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Oregon State, Birmingham-Southern and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi this past season.

Last season, Mason appeared in only six games before sitting out the remainder of the season due to an injury, but collected a 1-4 record with a 3.48 earned run averaged. His best game of the season came against 10th-ranked Arizona at the Edinburg Baseball Stadium where he threw eight shutout innings en route to the victory.

Mason is the second Bronc in the last two seasons to sign a professional contract with the Cincinnati Reds as Mark Rodriguez was drafted by the organization in the 30th round of the 2005 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.