The Florida and Florida State baseball teams got into a bench-clearing incident Tuesday night that included Florida State closer and Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jameis Winston.
After Florida State LF D.J. Stewart hit a slow roller down the first base line, he made contact with Florida pitcher Danny Young, who was attempting to field the ball. Florida 1B Zack Powers then pushed Stewart, and the trigger button for the benches to clear had been pushed.
However, if you watch the video above, calling it a "brawl" may be an overstatement. There looks to be some pushing and shoving and players being held back, but it's typical of what happens when two entire baseball teams form a giant scrum in the middle of an incident like this.
Winston was in the midst of it as you can tell from the top photo, though that's because it appears he was one of the first players off the bench. He did not play in the game. Through 13 innings over eight appearances as FSU's closer, Winston has 13 strikeouts, a 0.69 ERA and four saves.
Florida won 4-1.
“That’s not good for our sport,” Florida coach Kevin O'Sullivan told Gator Sports. “We’ve got a tremendous amount of respect for Florida State, they’ve got a great program. There’s really no need for that to be honest. I think tempers and emotions ride high in a game like this.
“But that’s not what we’re about and that’s not what Florida State is about. I’m disappointed that it happened. I don’t want this to be a mark of what this rivalry is about.”
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