Posted: 12:23 am Saturday, January 5th, 2013

FSU baseball player, American Heritage alum injured in skydiving accident 

By Matt Porter

Florida State officials say senior baseball player Stephen Spradling is lucky to be alive after a weekend skydiving accident. 

The 23-year-old outfielder, a Boynton Beach native who played at American Heritage, remained hospitalized Friday in Melbourne after suffering multiple injuries Sunday. He underwent surgery to have rods and plates inserted into his hip.

Spradling was injured after making a faster landing than normal. He was forced to adjust his fall roughly 100 feet above ground to avoid a potentially fatal collision with another skydiver.

According to his Twitter account (@Spradling20), he is a member of the FSU Skydiving Club.  

Florida State coach Mike Martin says he’s thankful Spradling survived the accident. Spradling will be hospitalized for a few weeks and in a wheelchair for some time during his recovery. Martin said he wasn’t sure whether the injuries would be career-ending or when Spradling might be able to return to school.

Spradling was an All-State selection in his senior year at Heritage and spent two seasons at Broward Community College before signing with the Seminoles. 

– Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Matt Porter and wire services