Tracking Winston: No shortage of ninth-inning pitching opportunities

Jameis Winston picked up his sixth save of the season in Florida State's 3-0 victory over Duke.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State baseball coach Mike Martin talked about giving Jameis Winston more chances to pitch.

And Winston got the opportunities last week, seeing action in the ninth in three of the Seminoles’ four games. He didn’t allow an earned run for the week and his ERA dropped to a team-low 1.29 this season.

After allowing an unearned run in an 8-3 loss to Central Florida on Tuesday, Winston picked up his sixth save of the season by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth in Florida State’s 3-0 win over Duke.

He had a shaky outing Friday night as he tried to close the door on another Florida State win. But Winston, needing just an out in the ninth, was called for a balk and then had a fielding error that allowed Andy Perez to reach base. Jordan Betts followed with a two-run double, and Martin had to go to the bullpen. Dylan Silva got the final out for the Seminoles (41-14).

ON THE MOUND

Winston is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 28 innings. He allowed just four earned runs in the regular season.

AT THE PLATE

The sophomore hit just .132 in 38 at-bats, scoring six runs and driving in four runs.

IN THE FIELD

Winston mostly pitched or was the designated hitter this season. But he had just one error in the field.

UP NEXT

No. 4 Florida State begins pool play in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament on Wednesday at 7 p.m. against the North Carolina-North Carolina State winner. The Seminoles will also play Maryland on Friday at 11 a.m. and Virginia on Saturday at 7 p.m.

If Florida State wins its pool, the Seminoles will advance to Sunday’s 1 p.m. championship game.

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