TAMPA — Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jameis Winston had an RBI single and then closed the game on the mound to earn the save as No. 2 Florida State beat South Florida 4-1 on Wednesday afternoon.
For the second time in as many games, the Seminoles (10-1) jumped to an early lead before USF’s bullpen got control, but the Bulls’ bats were too silent to mount a comeback as FSU completed the midweek sweep.
USF coach Lelo Prado gave top pitcher Jimmy Herget, usually the Friday night starter, the ball to start the game, but Herget didn’t get much help from the defense.
An error in left field by Luke Maglich helped FSU’s Justin Gonzalez get on in the first, and six consecutive Seminoles reached base in the inning. Four of them scored, and all of the runs were unearned.
“You’ve got to catch the ball,” Prado said. “It’s a shame Herget is walking out of here with a loss. … I said it before we started. We had to stay away from big innings and we couldn’t give them extra outs. We gave them extra outs, and they took advantage of it.”
USF (9-4) scored in the bottom of the inning, but neither team scored the rest of the game.
“We played solid baseball and got it done,” Florida State coach Mike Martin said. “It’s a good win for us. (USF) is going to be very tough in their league.”
Herget pitched through the fifth before being replaced by Lawrence Pardo, who pitched three no-hit innings.
“Everybody pitched good, so there’s a lot of positives we can take from this,” Prado said. “But they better not be satisfied with losing 4-1 to Florida State.”
The Seminoles’ bullpen combined for eight shutout innings to finish the game, including a perfect 14-pitch inning for Winston. Winston hit 91 mph and earned his second save of the season