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Lincoln-Way East graduate Ryan O’Reilly was a dependable option in the bullpen for UIC this spring. PHOTO COURTESY OF UIC ATHLETICS
LW North graduate Joey Fredrickson earned a spot in the starting rotation with UIC this spring. PHOTO COURTESY OF UIC ATHLETICS
Steve Millar, Sports Editor
4:00 am CDT June 20, 2019

Ryan O’Reilly persevered through the setbacks and kept working hard to make his baseball dreams come true.

The Mokena native and Lincoln-Way East graduate met one of his ultimate goals this spring: pitching, and having success, at the NCAA Division I level.

O’Reilly helped Illinois-Chicago win the Horizon League and play in the NCAA Tournament. In his first season with the Flames, he became a mainstay in the bullpen and one of the most dependable relievers on the team.