TEMPE, AZ - Following a three-game sweep of conference foe Rollins and riding a seven-game win streak, Florida Southern has moved up to number two in the Collegiate Baseball Magazine weekly NCAA Division II National released today. The ranking is the highest for the Moccasins in the poll since a number two position on Feb. 21, 2011. FSC had been ranked number three in each of the previous five regular-season polls this season.
Florida Southern swept Rollins this past weekend to move to 29-4-1 on the season and 12-3 in the Sunshine State Conference. The Moccasins are tied with Nova Southeastern for second place in the conference in the loss column, but the Sharks have played one more series and are 15-3 in the SSC. Tampa tops the league with a 17-1 mark.
Azusa Pacific sits atop the Collegiate Baseball poll with a 27-3 record. Following the Moccasins are North Greenville (31-6), Tampa (28-5) and Delta State (28-6). The second five include Colorado Mesa (21-9), West Texas A&M (26-7), Columbus State (29-6), New Haven (22-4), and Belmont Abbey (30-7).
Florida Southern sports a .325 team batting average and is tied for the SSC-lead with 54 homers while leading the league in scoring with 330 runs. The staff ERA of 4.11 is second-best in the conference.
Logan Browning leads the SSC with a .461 average and is second with a .533 on-base percentage. while riding a 12-game hitting streak. Hayden Marze has hit an SSC-best 15 home runs and also leads the conference with 47 runs batted in.
J.T. Hintzen, this week's SSC Pitcher of the Week, is tied for the SSC-lead with eight wins and is perfect on the season with an 8-0 record out of the bullpen. Browning (6-2) is tied for second while Leo Rodriguez is second with six saves.
The Moccasins take the field once again this Friday through Sunday at home with a three-game SSC series versus Florida Tech.
Collegiate Baseball's NCAA Div. 2 Poll
(As of April 9, 2018)
|Rank||Team (2018 Record)||Points||PVS|
|1.||Azusa Pacific (27-3)||240||1|
|2.||Florida Southern (29-4-1)||231||3|
|3.||North Greenville (31-6)||225||2|
|5.||Delta State (28-6)||208||5|
|6.||Colorado Mesa (21-9)||194||7|
|7.||West Texas A&M (26-7)||191||8|
|8.||Columbus State (29-6)||186||10|
|9.||New Haven (22-4)||172||9|
|10.||Belmont Abbey (30-7)||171||6|
|11.||Illinois Springfield (27-4)||156||15|
|12.||Nova Southeastern (23-9)||152||20|
|13.||Georgia College (27-7)||146||13|
|15.||Central Missouri (26-9)||135||11|
|16.||Arkansas Monticello (26-9)||114||17|
|17.||Texas A&M Kingsville (24-8)||100||21|
|18.||St. Leo (26-8)||98||12|
|19.||Cal. St. Monterey Bay (25-9)||96||19|
|21.||UNC Pembroke (26-10)||81||24|
|22.||West Chester (17-7)||75||22|
|23.||West Florida (25-11)||67||23|
|25.||Ohio Dominican (22-5)||55||RV|
|26.||Le Moyne (22-7-1)||29||—|
|27.||North Alabama (25-12)||27||RV|
|28.||St. Mary's, TX (24-10)||20||—|
|29.||St. Thomas Aquinas (20-7)||17||—|
Receiving Votes: S.C. Aiken (24-13), Slippery Rock (17-7), Arkansas Ft. Smith (21-8), Southern Arkansas (24-11), Montevallo (27-12).