Mocs Ranked 26th in Latest Collegiate Baseball Division II Poll
TUCSON, Ariz. - Florida Southern concludes the 2014 regular season ranked 26th in this week's latest Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Division II Top 30 Poll that was released Monday afternoon.
The Moccasins, who finished the regular season with a 32-17 overall record and are fourth in the Sunshine State Conference with a 14-10 record after dropping two of three games this past weekend at Eckerd, earned 84 points to fall six spots to 26th in this week's rankings. The Mocs, who were ranked 18th last week, is eight points behind No. 25 Drury (37-11) and is six points in front of No. 27 Wilmington (32-7-1).
FSC is one three SSC ranked in this week's poll as Tampa (47-2) continues to headline the poll at No. 1, while Lynn (34-14) jumped two spots to No. 17 this week.
Tampa is followed in this week's poll by Lander (43-6) at No. 2 and Minnesota State (40-7) remains at No. 3. Delta State (38-9) remains at No. 4 and Mount Olive (40-11), who the Mocs took two of three games against earlier this season, jumps two spots to round out this week's Top 5.
Arkansas Tech (42-9) tumbles one spot to No. 6 and the Wonder Boys are followed by Colorado Mesa (37-10) at No. 7 and West Florida (33-10) remains at No. 8. Chico State (37-11) falls three spots to No. 9 and Columbus State (36-14) rounds out the Top 10 of this week's poll.
The next 10 begins with St. Cloud State (35-12) and USC-Aiken (36-14) being tied at No. 11, while Southern Arkansas (35-17) jumps one spot to No. 13 and Cal Baptist (36-12) advances three spots to No. 14. Southern Indiana (39-9) and St. Edward's (36-13) are tied at No. 15 and are followed by Lynn at No. 17, UC-San Diego (32-14) jumps two spots to No. 18 and Shepherd (37-10) and Cal Poly-Pomona (31-13) rounds out this week's poll as they tied for 19th.
Franklin Pierce (34-15) leaps four spots to No. 21 and is followed by TAMU-Kingsville (34-16) at No. 22 and Central Missouri (35-16) falls 11 spots to No. 23. Millersville (36-14) falls one spot to No. 24, while Drury, FSC and Wilmington are 25th, 26th and 27th respectively. Georgia College (33-14) falls four spots to No. 28 and is followed by Dixie State (35-15) at No. 29 and Sonoma State (27-14) and Seton Hill (36-15) complete this week's rankings as they are tied for 30th.
Along with being No. 26 in the latest Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Division II poll, the Mocs are tied for sixth in this week's latest NCBWA (National Collegiate Baseball Writer's Association) South Region rankings. FSC is one four SSC schools ranked and one of six SSC teams mentioned as Nova Southeastern (5 votes) and Eckerd (5 votes) each earned votes this week. The ranked teams in the NCBWA South Region poll are Tampa (No. 1), Lynn (No. 4), FSC (T-No. 6) and Saint Leo (T-No. 6).
The Mocs will now play the waiting game to see their postseason fate as they were ranked fifth in last week's NCAA Division II South Regional rankings. The South Region will send six teams to the NCAA Tournament this season as three teams will earn automatic bids and three others will be at-large selections. The automatic selections that have already been determined is Tampa (SSC champion) and Stillman (SIAC Tournament champion). The Gulf South Conference is currently conducting its tournament in Birmingham, Ala., and that champion will receive the final automatic bid. The next regional ranking will be released this coming Wednesday, while the selection show for the 2014 NCAA Baseball Tournament will be conducted online at www.NCAA.com next Sunday, May 11 at 10 p.m. Eastern.
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