Thanks to an upset win over fourth-ranked Minnesota State, the Florida Southern baseball team jumped up six spots to No. 17 in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Top 30 NCAA Division II national poll.
Florida Southern, now 10-6 on the season after a 12-6 win over Minnesota State on Sunday, received 214 points in the poll and moved up from a #23 ranking in last week's poll. The Moccasins also posted a 7-3 win over Notre Dame College on Thursday of last week.
The University of Tampa remains the nation's top-ranked team in both the Collegiate Baseball Magazine and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association polls and is the only other conference squad mentioned in either poll, although Barry is listed as receiving vote sin the Collegiate Baseball ranking.
Florida Southern will be in action tomorrow at 1 p.m. versus Winona State at historic Henley Field.
Jason Sierra, who has hits in all but one of his 16 games played this season, leads the Mocs with a .393 average and shares the team lead for home runs with three along with Sam Machonis, who is hitting .389, and Logan Browning, who is batting .333 while posting a 2-1 record as a starting pitcher. Dominic Brugnoni has a .385 average and is tied with Machonis with a team-leading 16 runs batted in. FSC is hitting .331 as a team with 15 homers in 16 games.
The Moccasins' pitching staff has a combined 4.63 earned run average with 122 strikeouts and 55 walks in 136.0 innings pitched. Ben Richardson is 4-1 and is tied with Cameron Hanes (1-3) with 23 strikeouts.