Florida State's Jameis Winston earns sixth save during up-and-down final week of the season

Florida State's Jameis Winston earned his sixth save of the season one day and had an awful outing the next as Florida State closed out the regular season last week. The Heisman winner played in three games but did have an at-bat.

The Seminoles received the No. 2 seed in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament and begins play Wednesday.

A look at how the 20-year-old sophomore fared last week:


IN RELIEF: Winston entered the ninth inning of an 8-3 loss to Central Florida on Tuesday and gave up one run before he finished out the inning. Winston recorded the first two outs on a grounder and a fly ball before he walked JoMarcos Woods, who stole second and moved to third on an error. Winston then allowed an RBI single before he recorded the final out on a pop up. Winston earned save No. 6 in a 3-0 win against Duke on Thursday. Winston entered in the ninth and retired the side on a pop up, a liner and a fly ball. Nothing went well in a 9-8 win against Duke on Friday. He took the mound in the ninth inning with a runner on first, two outs and a 1-0 count. Winston was promptly called for his first balk of the season and sent the runner to second. He then got a chopper to the first basemen, but was credited with an error when Winston didn't step on the bag while covering the base on the throw. He gave up a two-run double down the left-field line then sat down without recording an out. Winston's pitching line for the week: 2.0 innings, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 40K, 1 BB, 10 batters faced.

AT THE PLATE: He did not have a plate appearance.

IN THE FIELD: Winston was given an error while trying to cover first base on a ball fielded by the first baseman on Friday. He failed to step on the bag.

HIGHLIGHT: The 1-2-3 ninth inning Thursday was a strong outing in a tight ballgame against a conference foe.

ON THE SEASON: Winston has five hits in 38 at-bats and is batting .132; on the mound he has pitched 28.0 innings, struck out 26 of the 103 batters he's faced, has given up 18 hits and five walks. He has six saves with a 1.29 ERA.

ON DECK: Florida State is the No. 2 seed in the ACC tournament and will play the winner of North Carolina and N.C. State at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in Greensboro, North Carolina.


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