BOCA RATON, Fla. – Senior lefthander Jake Miednik struck out the first seven batters he faced, and was perfect into the fifth inning, en route to a 14-strikeout performance in Friday night’s 7-2 win over Delaware. The Owls’ offense had four two-out RBI and two home runs to back up Miednik’s effort.
“That’s as good a pitching as we’ve had here in a single game performance in a long time,” said Head Coach John McCormack of Miednik. “He really pitched well, breaking ball, fastball … he just kept them off-balance.”
The Turning Point
David Miranda got the Owls (4-1) on the board first with a two-out solo home run in the bottom of the first. He then had a key at-bat in the third, with a runner on first and two outs, drawing a walk to precede three consecutive RBI singles, by Pedro Pages, Eric Rivera and Cody Wilson, respectively.
Meanwhile, Miednik continued to baffle the Blue Hens (2-2). A bloop triple with one out in the fifth inning was the first hit against him, with a run scoring on the ensuing groundout, and the only other UD hit of the night was a bunt single. Miednik struck out his 10th batter to end the fifth, another in the sixth and three more in the seventh. On the offensive side, two runs came in for FAU in the sixth, on an RBI triple by Gunnar Lambert and a UD error, and the topper came on Wilson’s opposite field home run in the bottom of the eighth.
- Three Owls had a pair of hits: Pages, Wilson and Lambert. Wilson had the first two RBIs of his FAU career
- Miranda and Wilson each scored twice
- The squad had five two-out hits in total
- Miednik’s final line was 7 1/3 innings, two hits, two runs (one earned), one walk and the 14 K’s
- He had two or more strikeouts in four different innings, and at least one strikeout in every full inning he pitched. He struck out eight of the nine possible UD hitters, with five incurring two or more
- His 14 strikeouts are a new career high and the most thrown by an FAU pitcher in the last 10 years
- Drew Peden came on in relief and besides a throwing error, retired the other five batters he faced
Game two vs. Delaware is set for Saturday at 4 p.m. Kyle Marman will start for FAU vs. UD’s Kyle Hinton.