Heisman winner Winston shines on busy weekend
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State’s Jameis Winston racked up frequent flier miles last weekend traveling back and forth between a baseball series at Georgia Tech and the Seminoles’ football spring game Saturday. The Heisman winner traveled to Atlanta and played Friday, flew back Saturday morning and played in the afternoon spring game before flying back to Atlanta that evening.
Winston threw for 396 yards Saturday to conclude spring football and helped the Seminoles avoid being swept on the baseball field with his fifth save of the season Sunday.
A look at how the 20-year-old sophomore fared last week:
IN RELIEF: He made two appearances on the mound in three games. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound two-sport star entered in the eighth inning of an 8-0 home loss to Florida on Tuesday and struck out Richie Martin for the final out of the inning. Winston then worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning. He returned to the mound in the ninth inning of a 5-4 win against Georgia Tech Sunday and earned his fifth save of the season. Winston gave up a leadoff single before a pitch-out caught the runner stealing. He struck out the next batter then walked Brandon Gold with two outs. Winston got the next batter to fly out to left field to end the game. Winston’s pitching line for the week: 2.1 innings, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 K, 1 BB, 8 batters faced.
AT THE PLATE: Winston went 0 for 3 last week with plate appearances in three games. He started as the designated hitter Tuesday and was 0 for 2, but walked twice and reached base on a fielder’s choice and an error. Winston entered the 5-3 loss to Georgia Tech on Friday to play left field in the seventh inning and popped out in his lone at-bat of the game in the eighth inning. He earned a much-needed two-out, RBI-walk in the eighth inning Sunday. Winston’s line this week: 3 games, 0 H, 3 BB, 1 RBI, 0 R, 0 K.
IN THE FIELD: Winston entered left field in the seventh inning Friday and caught an Arden Pabst fly ball for the first out of the inning. He entered left field in the eighth inning Sunday, but did not record an out.
HIGHLIGHT: Winston’s fingerprints were all over Sunday’s win that kept the Seminoles from going winless last week. His two-out, RBI walk scored the first run of the eighth inning and allowed Josh Delph to follow with a game-winning, two-RBI single in the next at-bat. Winston then shut Georgia Tech down from the mound in the ninth inning despite giving up a single and a walk.
ON THE SEASON: He has four hits in 30 at-bats and is batting .133; on the mound he has pitched 16.1 innings, struck out 17 of the 59 batters he’s faced, has given up 10 hits, three walks. He has five saves with a 1.65 ERA.
ON DECK: Florida State hosts Jacksonville Tuesday before a three-game road series at Wake Forest this weekend.
QUOTABLE: “I love big moments like that,” Winston said about his at-bat Sunday. “And obviously I was able to get a walk and Delph came through big. ... I probably wasn’t as sharp (on the mound) as I usually am but whatever it takes to get a win, I’m down for it.”
Associated Press Writer Kareem Copeland in Tallahassee, Fla., compiled this report.