Florida Southern slides up one spot from number eight last week to number seven this week in the Collegiate Baseball Magazine National Poll released today. The Moccasins garnered 382 points in the weekly poll, just 18 behind the number six school, the University of Tampa.
St. Cloud State holds down the number one spot with 19-0 record and 472 points while Franklin Pierce (24-2) is second followed by Millersville (26-3) and Colorado Mesa (28-5). South Carolin-Aiken (29-6), the Moccasins opponent on April 15-7, rounds out the top five.
Following Tampa (25-6) and Florida Southern (23-7) is Southern New Hampshire (21-3), California-Baptist (27-7), and Belmont Abbey (27-7-1). Florida Southern and Tampa are the only two schools from the Sunshine State Conference listed in the Top 30 poll.
Florida Southern has won seven straight, including a three-game sweep of Palm Beach Atlantic over the weekend, and have been victorious in 15 of its last 16 games. The Moccasins are 6-3 in the Sunshine State Conference.
The Moccasins' bats are a big reason the time has enjoyed such success. The team batting average is .335 while FSC has hit 36 homers and outscored its opponents, 270-163. Florida Southern has scored 10 or more runs in four straight games and have reached double digits in hits in nine of the last 10 and 24 of the the last 27 games.
Florida Southern is averaging 9.0 runs per game, which is 12th best in the NCAA Division II.
Sam Machonis leads the Mocs in with a .419 batting average, 38 runs scored, 54 hits, eight home runs, 37 RBI, 89 total bases, a .690 slugging percentage, a 497 on-base percentage, and 15 stolen bases. Mitch Reeves is second on the team with a .393 average while Jason Sierra and Logan Browning are batting .345 and .342 respectively. Reeves and Browning are tied for second with seven homers.
Ben Richardson has an 8-1 record and a 4.58 ERA as the Mocs' Friday night starter. The eight wins is tied for most in the NCAA Division II.
Florida Southern, which is ranked fourth in this week's NCBWA South Region Poll, hits the road for their next ten games, starting with a 6 p.m. game Wednesday at Flagler College in St. Augustine before returning to SSC play in a three-game series at Rollins April 8-9.