Flames tout healthy mix of returnees and newcomers
Several teams sit atop league standings
Flames begin play at #24 Texas A&M on Friday
Grunenwald, Boss and Ryan selected to preseason squad
UIC and Valpo tied for most selections
2013: Received a medical redshirt and retained two years of eligibility.
Played and started in all 57 games ... ranked first on the team in runs scored (37), RBI (40) and doubles (13) and ranked second in slugging percentage (.465), on-base percentage (.384) and home runs (6) ... tallied 18 multi-hit games and 11 multi-RBI games ... hit .391 in the Horizon League Tournament with eight RBI, six runs, two doubles and two homers ... hit 3-for-5 against Wright State in the HL Championship with four RBI a double and a homer ... went 3-for-4 with three RBI and three runs versus Northwestern on March 9 ... ended the year on an eight-game hit streak.
Played in 53 games, starting 47 ... named to the Horizon League All-Newcomer Team ... doubled in his first career at bat against St. Louis on Feb. 18 and scored the team's lone run ... tripled and went 2-for-4 at Kentucky on Feb. 25, then hit 3-for-4 versus the Wildcats on Feb. 27 ... recorded two doubles and three runs against Cleveland State on March 25 ... pitched 16 innings of relief in 10 appearances ... tied for second on the team with 12 doubles.
PREP AND PERSONAL: Four-time letterwinner in both baseball and football at Richards (Ill.) ... named All-South Suburban Red, All-Area and All-State as a senior ... three-time team captain in baseball and four-time team captain in football ... 2010 Player of the Year and Richards MVP ... set Richards record for most strikeouts in a season on the mound ... greatest athletic thrill to date is starting in OF for UIC opening weekend ... born July 16, 1992, in Oak Lawn, Ill. ... son of Jim and Pat Ryan ... has three siblings, Jason, Jeanette and Julie ... currently enrolled as a Marketing major.