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BOCA RATON, Fla. — It’s all there, painfully etched on the left arm of Florida Atlantic pitcher Jake Miednik.
“The best way to predict your future,” reads Miednik’s tattoo, “is to create it.”
Miednik and the Owls are determined to create a highly successful future, as in the 2018 baseball season. The Owls have made an NCAA regional in three of the past five years, but after missing out last season with a 35-21 record, there’s a renewed hunger in Boca Raton.
The Owls must replace Friday night starter Alex House, who went 6-4 with a 4.71 ERA, two complete games and one save. He was FAU’s lone 2017 draftee, taken by the World Series champion Houston Astros in the 24th round.
FAU also graduated closer Cameron Ragsdale, who went 2-3 with a 5.23 ERA and eight saves.
But John McCormack, who begins his 10th season as FAU’s head coach and — counting his days as an assistant — has been with the program for nearly three decades, said pitching figures to be the strength of his 2018 team.
Miednik, a senior lefthander, is at the top of McCormack’s plans. Miednik went 7-4, 4.88 last season in his FAU debut, and he figures to move up from Saturday starter to Friday. Using a fastball, curve and changeup, Miednik went 13-1 as a sophomore at Walters State in Tennessee, earning an award as National Junior College Pitcher of the Year. He struck out 127 batters in 79 2/3 innings.
“That was the best year of my life,” said Miednik, who added that it was the first time he went from thrower to pitcher.
The 2017 season was “disappointing” by Miednik’s standards, but he said his velocity increased to 93 mph this fall, and he has pronounced himself ready for a big season.
In fact, the entire FAU program feels that way.
Here’s a closer look at what Owl Nation has in store for 2018:
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