Taking over as the starting shortstop, Fitzgerald started all 50 games for the Bluejays.
Following a slow start, Ryan raised his average to .240 by the end of the season. He finished with 42 hits, including 10 extra-base knocks.
Ryan ignited his season with seven hits in 10 at-bats against North Dakota (April 5-6).
Fitzgerald became the first player to hit a home run to center field in TD Ameritrade Park Omaha history, smacking an
inside-the-park grand slam in Creighton’s 16-5 win over
Georgetown on April 12.
He was 3-for-4 with two doubles against Omaha on April 22.
Ryan closed the series at St. John’s with seven hits in 15 at-bats (.467), scoring six runs to help the Bluejays take two of three from the Red Storm.
Fitzgerald reached base in 10 consecutive games (May 2 - 17). During the stretch he drew a walk in nine games and had at least one hit in six contests.
2013 (Freshman at Creighton)
Fitzgerald hit .290 in limited action as a freshman, playing 27 games in 2013, including 18 starts.
Ryan collected his first start and first hit, going 1-for-2 with two walks at Evansville on March 23.
Delivered two RBI in the 11-4 win at Omaha on March 30.
He earned consecutive starts in four games, going 4-for-14 (.286) from
March 29-April 2.
Ryan matched a season-high with two hits (2-for-4) in the Bluejays’ 9-4 win at Illinois State on May 5 in 11 innings.
He laced a bases-loaded double against Nebraska on May 14.
2009-12 (Fenwick High School)
A two-time letterwinner in baseball for the Friars, Fitzgerald led
Fenwick to a 39-29 record in his two seasons.
Ryan was a two-time Chicago Catholic League All-Conference First Team selection and played in four all-star games.
Fitzgerald also was ranked in the top five shortstops of Illinois by Prep
Baseball Report. He was also the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association All-Area/All-State Selection.
Ryan hit .456 during his senior season, collecting 42 hits. He smacked 17 extra-base hits (seven doubles, seven triples and three home runs). His on-base percentage in 2012 was .569, while his slugging percentage was .748.
Fitzgerald’s junior numbers were equally impressive, posting a .389 average with 42 hits, 31 runs scored, 16 RBI and a .602 slugging percentage.