WEST PALM BEACH – Centerfielder Sam Machonis has been named to the Preseason All-South Region 2nd Team by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association as announced on Tuesday.
Machonis, a senior from Tampa, hit .340 in 44 games played last season. Of his 64 base hits, 20 of them were for extra bases, including seven doubles, seven triples, and six home runs. His six round-trippers were tied for second on the 2015 squad, while his seven triples topped the team. Machonis was also second on the second with 52 runs scored, just one behind the leader.
Starting 43 games, 41 in centerfield, Machonis was named to the All-Sunshine State Conference 2nd team last season as well as the SSC Commissioner's Honor Roll. Posting a .979 fielding percentage, he had just three errors in 141 total chances with seven outfield assists.
The Sunshine State Conference placed five players on the All-South first team while Machonis was one of seven SSC athletics on the second team.
In addition, the NCBWA released its preseason South Region rankings on Tuesday with the Moccasins listed as receiving votes (5). The University of Tampa, defending National Champion. was picked number one in the initial rankings with 57 points, followed by West Alabama (47) and Nova Southastern (47). Rounding out the top five are Lynn (39) and Florida Tech (37).
The second five include Alabama Huntsville (26), West Florida (24), West Georgia (19), and Delta State (11). Lee and Saint Leo each garned 10 points to tie for 10th. In addition to Florida Southern, Valdosta State and Stillman received four and three points, respectively.
NCBWA Division II Preseason All-South Region First Team
SP Mitchell Cody, Valdosta State
SP Alex Mateo, Nova Southeastern
SP Brandon Nagem, West Florida
RP Matt Hendricks, Rollins
C Jack Cockrum, West Alabama
1B Troy Sieber, Saint Leo
2B Cody deNoyelles, Tampa
3B Michael Gouge, Valdosta State
SS Terrence Worthy, Albany State
OF John Borup, Lynn
OF Nick Delgado, West Alabama
OF Jacob Swiney, Delta State
UT Mitch Holgate, West Alabama
NCBWA Division II Preseason All-South Region Second Team
SP Jorge Cruz, West Alabama
SP Michael Dunnigan, Saint Leo
SP Matthew Norton, West Georgia
RP Devin Raftery, Nova Southeastern
C Jahziel Morel, Paine
1B Ben Holland, Lee
2B Reid Neal, Florida Tech
3B Dylan Harris, Saint Leo
SS Sean Visconti, Palm Beach Atlantic
OF Garret Hayes, West Georgia
OF Sam Machonis, Florida Southern
OF Casey Scoggins, Tampa
UT Damien Bivens, Claflin
UT Jonathan Quintana, Barry