MELBOURNE – Logan Browning, Sam Machonis, and Mitch Reeves have been named to the All-Sunshine State Conference first-team as announced today by the league office. Ben Richardson was a second-team honoree. The team was voted upon by the league's head coaches and the coaches could not vote foe their own players. The three first-team selections is the most for Florida Southern since the 2012 season.
Browning, a sophomore from Lakeland, made the first-team as a utility player. The Lakeand Christian School graduate batted .319 on the season was one of three Moccasins to drive in 39 runs. He was third on the team with 52 runs scored, nine homers, 108 total bases, and a .565 slugging percentage. Browning had 20 games with two more hits and had 10 multi-RBI games. As a pitcher, the lefthander posted a 5-3 record and a 6.20 ERA, striking out 57 batters in 65.1 innings pitched. Browning played 27 games in right field, made 15 starts as the pitcher/designated hitter, and was the team's DH in six other games.
Machonis, a senior from Tampa, was a first-team outfielder after earning second-team honors in 2015. This season, he led the Moccasins in 10 offensive categories, including batting average (.388), runs scored (59), hits (80), homers (13), RBI (52), tiotal bases (136), slugging percentage (.660), on-base percentage (.471) and stolen bases (21). Defensively, he was charged with just one error in 112 total chances for a .991 fielding percentage. His 80 base hits is second most in the SSC while his 13 homers and 59 runs scored were fifth most. Machonis also ranked third with 21 stolen bases and fourth with 136 total bases. On the season, Machonis had 24 multi-hit games and 15 games with two or more RBI.
Reeves, a junior from Winter Springs, was named the first-team third baseman. He was second on the Moccasins with a .364 batting average, 54 runs scored, 11 homers, 48 RBI, 118 total bases, and a .596 slugging percentage, while finishing third with a .432 on-base percentage. He led Florida Southern with a .379 batting average in the 24 Sunshine State Conference games and tied Machonis with 28 runs scored in league action. Reeves tied Machonis for the team lead with 24 games with two or more hits and led the team with 16 multi-RBI contests. Defensively, he started 48 of the Mocs' 49 games at third base and recorded 21 putouts and 92 assists for a .894 fielding percentage.
Richardson, a senior from Orlando, was named as a second-team starting pitcher. He finished tied for second in the Sunshine State Conference with nine wins and led the league with 15 starts. His 81 strikeouts in 99.0 innings was third most in the SSC. Richardson completed the season with a 9-5 record and a 5.55 ERA. For his four-year career at Florida Southern, he compiled a 23-19 record with a 4.81 career ERA. He struck out 197 batters in his 303.0 innings in 54 career appearances and 49 games started wth six complete games. Richardson's 23 career wins is tied for eighth most for a Moccasin pitcher whkile his 49 starts is third most. Additionally, his 303.0 innings pitched is fourth most in FSC hostory.
The 2016 SSC Player of the Year honor went to John Silviano of Lynn after the sophomore catcher set a conference record with 30 homers, one shy of the NCAA record for any Division. Silviano also led the league with a .958 slugging perentage, 69 runs scored, and 74 RBI. Nova Southeastern's Alex Mateo was named the SSC Pitcher of the Year after posting a 7-4 record and a 3.18 ERA with 80 strikeouts. He was in the top five in the SSC in four different categories. Eckerd's Mitchell Calandra, a catcher/third baseman, was named the SSC Freshman of the Year after hitting .345 on the season. Tampa's Joe Urso was named the SSC Coach of the Year for a 10th time after leading his Spartans to a 41-8 record and a 20-4 mark in the SSC for the school's 17th league title.