DALLAS - The Florida Southern baseball team is ranked fourth in the initial regular-season poll by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. The Moccasins received two first-place votes and garnered 386 points in the ranking.
At a perfect 10-0 on the season, Florida Southern is off to its best start since the 2011 squad won its first 11 games. Led by Omar Villaman's .472 average, the Moccasins are batting .307 as a team and has hit 18 home runs on the season – five by Hayden Marze.
On the hill, Logan Browning is 2-0 with a team-best 1.40 ERA and 24 strikeouts. The senior left-hander is batting .429 on the season as well. Closer Leo Rodriguez is a perfect 5-of-5 in save opportunities so far.
Azusa Pacific, also 10-0, holds down the top spot despite receiving just four of the 18 first place votes with 421 points. West Chester, the defending national champion, has yet to play this season and is ranked second at 402 and received 11 first place votes while Colorado Mesa (6-2) is ranked third with 394 points and one first-place vote. Mount Olive (5-2), the Moccasins opponent on March 5-6, rounds out the top five with 358 points.
The next five teams include Delta State (7-1), St. Thomas Aquinas (0-0), Minnesota State (0-0), West Georgia (10-0), and Angelo State (7-2).
Florida Southern is the top-ranked team in the NCBWA South Region Poll, followed by Delta State, West Georgia, Tampa, and North Alabama.
The Moccasins will take on the Detroit Tigers tomorrow, Feb. 22, at 1:05 p.m. at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. Florida Southern then opens Sunshine State Conference Play on the road Friday and Saturday in Miami Shores against Barry University.