FAU pitcher, Stoneman Douglas alum Jake Miednik, family unhurt in school shooting

Jake Miednik from FAU’s media day. (Jake Elman / The Palm Beach Post)

BOCA RATON — Florida Atlantic pitcher Jake Miednik, who graduated from Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in 2014, confirmed that neither he nor his family were injured in Wednesday’s mass shooting.

Miednik’s younger sister was in the school, prompting obvious concern, but the senior ace took to Twitter to announce she had escaped the shooting — which as of Tuesday night had left 17 dead and others injured following a rampage by former student Nikolas Cruz. Cruz has since been arrested by Broward County police.

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Miednik also tweeted prayers to his former high school.

Miednik won seven games and posted a 4.88 ERA in 86 2/3 innings last year for the Owls, striking out a team-best 75 batters. FAU has not yet announced if Miednik will still pitch as planned on Friday night against George Washington, nor has the school made any statements on possible security changes.

No home athletic events were scheduled to take place at FAU on Wednesday night, and the school will only host one sporting event, Friday’s baseball opener, until Saturday.

Miednik has pitched in the wake of devastating personal events before, pitching eight shutout innings last April against Old Dominion days after his grandfather’s death.

If Miednik does not pitch on Friday, junior Kyle Marman would likely start instead.

FAU’s athletic department tweeted out its condolences to those affected as well.

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