Dropping the first two games of a three-game series at South Carolina-Aiken over the weekend has led to Florida Southern dropping five spots to No. 14 in the Collegiate Baseball Magazine Top 30 National Poll released this afternoon.
The Moccasins, now 26-11 after winning the series final 17-8 over the Pacers, received 254 points in the poll. Millersville, which sports a 35-3 record, takes over the top spot as last week's #1 team, St. Cloud State (28-4), plummets to 10th after losing two of three at home to Augustana (S.D.).
Franklin Pierce (31-4) moved up one spot to number two while Tampa (31-6), Florida Southern's next opponent this Friday and Saturday, is tied for third with Southern New Hampshire (31-3). Colorado Mesa (34-7) rounds out the top five.
Nova Southeastern is the only other team from the Sunshine State Conference ranked in the Top 30, coming in at #16 with a 28-12 record.
Through this past weekend's action, Tampa leads the SSC with a 13-2 mark while Nova Southeastern is 14-4 and Florida Southern is next at 8-4. No other team in the SSC has fewer than eight losses.
Florida Southern took a 25-9 record on the road at USC-Aiken and the Pacers' pitching silenced the Moccasin bats, as FSC managed just two runs on six hits in the first two games of the series. Head coach Lance Niekro shuffled his line-up for game three and the Moccasins broke through with a season-high tying runs total in a 17-8 win.
In the win, Kevin Fuller led the Moccasins with six runs batted in while Ryan Frost, batting lead-off for the first time this season, knocked in four runs. Mitch Reeves, Dominic Brugnoni and Fuller all had three hits for FSC.
Florida Southern will play at Tampa this Friday at 6 pm and then return to Tampa on Saturday for a doubleheader at 1 p.m.
Sam Machonis continues to lead the Moccasins with a .405 average, 9 homers and 42 RBI. He leads the Sunshine State Conference with 64 hits and is in the top ten in the SSC in almost every offensive category. On the mound, Ben Richardson is still tied for the NCAA Division II lead with nine wins, despite taking the loss on Friday, his first since Feb. 26.