Heisman winner Winston records 1st save of 2014

By the Associated Press | February 17, 2014 | 4:35 PM EST

FILE- In this June 9, 2013, file photo, Florida State pitcher Jameis Winston (44) throws in the seventh inning of an NCAA college baseball tournament super regional game against Indiana in Tallahassee, Fla. Winston will become the sixth Heisman winner to play college baseball after winning the award and the first since Bo Jackson in 1986. Winston is the Seminoles' closer, will DH and play outfield. (AP Photo/Phil Sears, File)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State's Jameis Winston made his 2014 college baseball debut this weekend with the Seminoles in a season-opening series against Niagara. The Heisman Trophy winner was not available Sunday for the final game of the series. He had to leave for Texas to accept the Davey O'Brien Trophy given to the nation's top quarterback during a ceremony in Fort Worth on Monday.

A look at how the 20-year-old redshirt sophomore fared against Niagara:


IN RELIEF: The 6-foot-4, 225-pounder earned his first save of the season in Game 2 on Saturday. Winston's line: 2.0 innings pitched, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 K, 0 BB, 6 batters faced.

AT THE PLATE: Winston made just one plate appearance in the series. He drew a walk as a pinch-hitter and scored a run in Game 1 on Friday. His line: 1 appearance, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 R, 1.000 OB percentage

IN THE FIELD: He played left field in the ninth of Friday's opener. With Florida State leading 13-2, he caught a fly ball. Winston threw a runner out at third after fielding a bunt while pitching Saturday. That was the first out of the eighth inning with the Seminoles leading 3-1.

HIGHLIGHTS: Winston recorded six consecutive outs in relief after entering Saturday's game in the eighth inning with runners on first and second with no outs and Florida State leading 3-1.

ON DECK: Florida State plays at Jacksonville on Tuesday.

QUOTEABLE: "I just wanted to get out there and pitch," Winston told Seminoles.com. "Obviously, I was excited and when they called down to the bullpen. I was ready."


Associated Press Writer Kareem Copeland in Tallahassee, Fla., compiled this report.