TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Jameis Winston returned to the baseball field last week following a three-game suspension for failing to pay for seafood at a local grocery store on April 30.
Some fans taunted him in DeLand, Fla., on Tuesday night with fake crab legs. But a standing room only crowd came out to see Winston and the Florida State baseball team play at Stetson, and the Seminoles took a 9-4 win. Winston pitched the ninth and allowed an unearned run on one hit, and he signed a number of autographs before and after the game.
Winston also traveled to North Carolina with the baseball team, which took two of three games in a weekend series with the Tar Heels. He went 0 for 2 in Saturday’s game and pitched a scoreless inning of relief on Sunday.
He has not spoken to the media since the April 30 incident but could do so following Tuesday afternoon’s home game against Central Florida.
Winston was happy for his former FSU teammate Kelvin Benjamin, a receiver who was the first-round pick of the Carolina Pantherson Thursday. Coincidentally, Benjamin will catch passes from another Heisman winner, Cam Newton. But so will Kenny Shaw, who went undrafted but signed a free agent deal to play for the Cleveland Browns — which drafted quarterback (and Heisman winner) Johnny Manziel.
Winston is 1-0 with a 1.38 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 26 innings. Opponents are hitting just .170 against the sophomore right-hander.
AT THE PLATE
Winston is hitting .132 with five hits (two doubles), six runs and four RBI this season.
IN THE FIELD
Winston has not made an error in the outfield this season.
Florida State is 39-12 and has already sealed up the Atlantic Division title heading into the final week of the regular season. The Seminoles host UCF on Tuesday and Duke from Thursday through Saturday. Florida State will play in the ACC tournament beginning on May 20.