With three wins last week, the Florida Southern baseball team has moved back into the Top Ten of the Collegiate Baseball Magazine National Poll this week, coming in at number nine, matching their highest ranking of the season.
Florida Southern, 17-7 and winners of nine of the last 10, was also ranked ninth in the Feb. 22 poll. The Moccasins received 336 points in this week's poll to move up from number 12 last week.
There's a new number one this week with St. Cloud State (15-0) taking over the top spot as the University of Tampa dropped two of three to visiting Nova Southeastern over the weekend, dropping the Spartans to number 2. Tampa is followed by Millersville (#3, 19-1) and Franklin Pierce (#4, 17-2) with Colorado Mesa (#5, 21-4) rounding out the top five.
The second five includes West Alabama (#6, 18-4), South Carolina-Aiken (#7, 22-5); and Cal State-Monterey Bay (#8, 18-4) with Lubbock Christian (#10, 18-6) coming in behind the Moccasins. Florida Southern will face No. 7 USC-Aiken on the road April 15-17.
Florida Southern opened last week with a 12-8 non-conference win over Eckerd at home on Tuesday and then took two of three at Embry-Riddle over the weekend, winning the bookend games, 10-5 and 15-9 and dropping the middle game 12-6.
Sam Machonis was a big reason for the Moccasins' success this week, going 13-for-19, with 11 runs scored, seven RBI, and a pair of home runs.
Going yard is something Florida Southern did quite often last week with Machonis, Mitch Reeves, and Dominic Brugnoni homering against Eckerd and Machonis and Logan Browning going deep in game one at Embry-Riddle. Browning homered again in game two with Reeves connecting for a three-run shot. It was Reeves with another three-run blast in game three while Brugnoni picked up his second home run of the week.
In all, the Moccasins hit nine dingers last week and now have 26 on the season. Machonis now tops the team with six while Reeves and Browning each have five while Brugnoni has four on the season.
Florida Southern will return to Sunshine State Conference play on Thursday at Eckerd at 6 pm and then play a doubleheader in St. Petersburg on Friday at 1 pm.