The rivalry known as Florida-Florida State heated up on the baseball diamond Wednesday night, with a benches-clearing dustup that included relief pitcher/quarterback Jameis Winston.
The Heisman Trophy winner was in the mob, but his involvement appeared to be no more than shouting alongside teammates. But the sight of Winston in the fracas likely gave football coach Jimbo Fisher chills.
The altercation played out during the eight inning of the UF’s 4-1 victory over No. 1 ranked FSU at The Baseball Grounds in Jacksonville.
As Florida State batter D.J. Stewart tried to beat out an infield dribbler, he ran into Gator pitcher Danny Young, who was attempting to make the tag on the first-base line.
The collision also took out Gators infielder Zack Powers, who took exception to the contact and got into Stewart’s face. Stewart shoved Powers, and were then separated by coaches and umpires.
But the benches cleared anyway.
“Emotions got a little out of hand. It happens.” Gators junior Braden Mattson said.
No punches were seen as players spill on to the field, and order was quickly restored by umpires, coaches and law enforcement.
“You never want to see something like that happen, the little scrap or whatever. It’s such a good rivalry, good clubs,” UF freshman John Sternagel said.
Powers, Stewart and Young were ejected.
UF (16-9) clinched the season series against FSU (19-5). The teams meet one more time April 8.