Tracking Winston: Week marked by rare rough mound outing

After a strong outing for Florida State against Florida Gulf Coast, Jameis Winston struggled against Notre Dame.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Jameis Winston has often said that he loves both football and baseball. But one of the biggest differences is that he knows baseball is a sport of failure.

That was very much the case last week for Winston in what was a reversal of fortune after a strong start on the mound in 2014.

Winston also went 0 for 8 in three games this week. He went 0 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored and then pitched in the ninth, recording two strikeouts in an 8-3 win Tuesday over Florida Gulf Coast. 

But in the weekend series against Notre Dame, Winston allowed two runs in the eighth and couldn’t get out the three batters he faced (walk, double, single) on Friday night, but Florida State recovered to win 8-7 in the 12th inning.

No. 1 Florida State (26-5) swept Notre Dame to improve to 10-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.


The federal government is investigating how Florida State handled its sexual assault inquiry of Winston. While the Heisman Trophy winner does not face any criminal charges (that door closed in December), he could face disciplinary charges from the university.

Title IX requires that schools investigate sexual assault cases. At issue, writes Fox Sports’ Kevin Vaughn, is whether school administrators "promptly and equitably" investigated the allegation of a Florida State student that she was raped by Winston at an off-campus apartment on Dec. 7, 2012.

Winston’s attorney, Tim Jansen, said that Winston and the student had consensual sex. An investigation by police and the district attorney ended in December with no charges being made.


The Florida State-Notre Dame game on Saturday night was rained out. But the Seminoles and Irish passed the time by, yes, playing some football during the delay and entertaining fans with other skits.


Winston’s ERA rose from 0.69 going into the week to 1.93. He’s still been very good overall, striking out 15 batters and allowing only two walks. Opponents are hitting just .173 off Winston.


His batting average has slid well below the Mendoza line, going from .211 heading into the week to .148. Winston has a double and three RBI in 27 at-bats this spring.


When D.J. Stewart suffered a mild ankle sprain this weekend, Winston played more in the outfield against Notre Dame. He still has not made an error in the outfield this season.


It’s another busy week for Winston, who will take part in a scrimmage with the football team Monday afternoon. The Seminoles will also practice on Wednesday and Thursday before holding the spring game on Saturday at 3 p.m.

The Florida State baseball team will play host to Florida on Tuesday night. The Seminoles then travel to Georgia Tech for a three-game series beginning on Friday. It’s possible that Winston could play baseball in Atlanta on Friday or Sunday.

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