Baseball Coach Irish O'Reilly's number to be retired

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Lewis' All-Time Winningest Baseball Coach Irish O'Reilly's number to be retired

Published: March 25, 2014.

Lewis University's all-time winningest baseball coach Irish O'Reilly's No. 14 jersey has been rescheduled. It will be at 11:45 AM Saturday, May 3rd prior to Lewis' doubleheader against Bellarmine at Brennan Field.

O'Reilly, the 11th all-time winningest coach in NCAA Division II history, amassed a 982-771-8 (.560) record at the helm of the Lewis baseball program. In addition, his 1980 team's 61 victories established the school's single-season record. All told, his teams won at least 30 games 19 times in 29 seasons.

He collected eight conference titles, 14 NAIA/NCAA postseason appearances, including five top-five finishes. O'Reilly's 1980 squad finished second in the NAIA National Tournament, and his 1988, 1990 and 1994 teams placed third in the NCAA Tournament.

O'Reilly was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Hall of Fame in 2008 and also had 41 players that went on to play professionally.

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