GREENSBORO, NC - Senior Sam Machonis and junior Mitch Reeves have been named to the ABCA/Rawlings All-South Region Team by the American Baseball Coaches Association. Machonis was a first-team honoree while Reeves was named to the second-team. It marks the third All-Region team honor for Machonis and the second for Reeves.
Machonis, a senior from Tampa, led the Moccasins in 10 offensive categories, including batting average (.388), runs scored (59), hits (80), homers (13), RBI (52), total 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.
Machonis was earlier named to the first-team All-South Region Squads by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCWBA) and the Conference Commissioner's Association (CCA). He was also a first-team selection on the All-Sunshine State Conference Team.
Reeves, a junior from Winter Springs, was named the second-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.
Reeves was named to the NCBWA second-team at third base and was an All-SSC first-team selection.
John Silviano of Lynn University was named the South Region Position Player of the Year while Delta State's Tre Hobbs was the South Region Pitcher of the Year.
The 2016 ABCA/Rawlings All-Region teams for both NCAA Div. II and NCAA Div. III as well as Regional Players of the Year have been announced. The teams are voted on by members of the American Baseball Coaches Association and the process is led by each division's ABCA All-America Committee.
The ABCA All-America team was first recognized in 1949 and now includes nine divisions: NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA, NJCAA Divisions I, II and III, Pacific Association Division, and high school. ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove teams were first recognized in 2007.
The ABCA, founded in 1945, is the primary professional organization for baseball coaches at the amateur level. Its over 8,200 members represent all 50 states and 23 countries. Since its initial meeting of 27 college baseball coaches in June 1945, Association membership has broadened to include eight divisions: NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA, NJCAA, Pacific Association Division, High School and Youth. The 73rd annual ABCA Convention will be held Jan. 5-8, 2017 in Anaheim, California.