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Inside the Oilmen: Ryan Burvan

06/05/2014 9:36 AM -

Ryan Burvan, second basemen from Dyer, Indiana, just finished off his freshman year at Purdue University. Burvan did not start baseball in T-Ball when he was five years old, instead he picked up baseball at seven years old playing little league with the help of his father.

“I decided to play baseball because I would always watch it on TV with my father and family,” Burvan said.

Burvan to this day is a huge baseball fan always watching professional, watching himself in highlight tapes always finding ways that he can improve his game all the way around.

“I feel playing for the Oilmen will get me a lot of playing time and improve my game all the around,” Burvan said. “I like to see where my mistakes are to make Purdue’s baseball team next year.”

Burvan plans to make huge strides with the team in order for Purdue to see his progress in playing, and improvements that he is doing to become a better baseball player.

Burvan was part of the Indiana state championship team for Lake Central back in 2012 as the starting second basemen for the Indians. Burvan hit .491 his senior year at Lake Central, while leading the team with hits (57) Burvan joins the Oilmen with two of his former teammates from that state championship team in 2012 pitchers Aaron Glatt, and Jimmy McNamara. Burvan scored the only run of the game in the championship game when Lake Central won 1-0.

“Both of my parents went to Purdue,” Burvan said. “I grew up going to Purdue. I go to football games, basketball games, and baseball games everything is Purdue in my family.”

Burvan has a scholarship to play baseball for Purdue University, Burvan did not see much playing time his freshman season at Purdue, but plans to get more playing time in years to come. Burvan’s family went to Purdue and could not pass up the offer to continue to play baseball at Purdue University.

“I wanted to play for the Oilmen because it is close to home,” Burvan said. “Play with my former teammates and guys I played against in high school.”

Burvan played for Lake Central and played against most of the guys from the Oilmen that are from the region.