Ryan Kramer ‘14 returned to MacPhail Field for the 2016 season to join the Dickinson baseball staff. Kramer was a four-year letter winner with the Red Devils, earning All-Centennial Conference honors his senior year. He went on to help lead McGill University to the National Championship of the Canadian Collegiate Baseball Association in 2015. Kramer was elevated to the Devils' top assistant in the fall of 2016. He works primarily with the Red Devil pitching staff and assists in the coordination of recruiting.
Following graduation, Kramer discovered that he could continue his collegiate career at McGill, as different eligibility rules exist in Canada. He actually did more than simply continue, leading the McGill Redmen into the national title game with a complete-game shutout in the semifinals.
Kramer scattered three hits and surrendered just one walk, throwing 70 strikes in a 110-pitch effort. He booked 13 strikeouts en route to earning the Tournament's Most Outstanding Pitcher Award.
Kramer, a 2014 graduate, turned in an outstanding senior season to cap a brilliant career at Dickinson. He went 5-2 with a remarkable 1.61 earned run average over 61.2 innings. He set a pair of school records, holding opponents to a batting average of .188 that year, and .225 for his career.
His 1.61 ERA was the second lowest in school history, ranking him third all-time at 3.67. He was third in single season strikeouts, booking 72, with an unofficial program mark of 34 looking. He ranks third in career strikeouts with 191. He was third on the single-season list in strikeouts per nine innings, recording 10.51 on the year.
Kramer teamed with Harley Moore ’15 to rank second and third in the conference in strikeouts, and fourth and fifth in ERA in 2014. The Red Devil pitching staff finished the year eighth-nationally in strikeouts per nine innings at 8.4, and ranked 55th in ERA.
Individually, Kramer was 41st in the country in ERA and 26th in the country in strikeouts. Dickinson finished 22-12-1 on the season, marking the second-best season in school history and the third time in four years the Red Devils have won more than 20 games.
Kramer is always quick to mention the life changing experience of meeting Matt Kocsis, who became an integral member of the Red Devil baseball program during Kramer’s senior season. Matt was born with Hydrocephalus, a buildup of fluid inside the skull that leads to brain swelling, or "water on the brain."
Matt was paired with the Dickinson program through TEAM Impact, an organization that places children with life-threatening and chronic illnesses together with collegiate athletic programs. Kramer developed one of the strongest bonds on the team with Matt during the season. He maintains a close relationship with him and says Matt's inspiration and motivation has also been a factor in his continued success.