Seven different teams are represented in the 2019 Mid-Atlantic All-Region Teams. East Carolina leads the way with 10 total players making All-Region, with five of those being Mid-Atlantic 1st Team All-Region. Congratulations to all those who made Mid-Atlantic All-Region in 2019!
It is with great excitement to announce that Eric Curitore has become the Director of Division I Baseball Operations! Eric will do a marvelous job with the Division I league and the NCBA couldn’t be more excited for you all to work with him. For the past 5 years, Eric has been the Director of Division II Baseball Operations and has done tremendous things at that level. For those of you who may not be familiar with Eric, he is former club baseball player and President at Bowling Green State University from 2007-2011 . He volunteered with our organization for two years before being hired as a full time employee in 2011. Since then, Eric has been a tremendous asset to CollClubSports and the NCBA and we couldn’t be happier to have him take on this new challenge of running Division I. All of you will be in very good hands. To reach Eric, you can email him at Eric.Curitore@CollClubSports.com or by phone at 412-321-8440 x101.
Christian Smith will still remain as the VP of Baseball Operations overseeing all NCBA Divisions.
No doubt about it…Your new #1 Team in the Rawlings Final NCBA DI Top 20 is the 2019 NCBA Division I National Champions, the University of Illinois Fighting Illini! Illinois had a remarkable run from the start! After posting an incredible regular season record, the Illini dropped the first game of Regional’s, only to storm back and win the Great Lakes Regional Championship. Making it back to the World Series for the first time since 2016 was an achievement, but they made sure they weren’t satisfied. They reached the semi-finals after going 2-0 in their first two games against Oregon State and Boston College but found themselves against a very formidable opponent in Florida State. After dropping the first game to FSU 1-0, the Illini were in a do or die situation and with their backs against the wall took down the Seminoles 4-3 to advance to their first national championship game since 2005. There they met Grand Canyon University and defeated the ‘lopes 9-5 to capture their first ever club baseball national championship!
Check out the June Scouting Report for the latest news and updates around CollClubSports including recaps of our recent club baseball and softball championships!
The University of Illinois are officially your 2019 NCBA DI World Series Champions as they defeated Grand Canyon 9-5 in Game 15 of the event. Matt Davis of Illinois took home MVP honors after a terrific tournament at the dish! Through Illinois 5 games he went 9-22 (.409) with 1 double, 6 runs scored, 4 RBI’s, 1 walk & 1 stolen base!
#5 seed Florida State forces the if necessary game tomorrow after defeating #3 seed Illinois 1-0 in Game 12 of the 2019 NCBA DI World Series. Andrew Kunkler earned Player of the Game honors after throwing a complete game shutout only allowing 5 hits & 2 walks while punching out 1 guy.
#5 seed Florida State survives elimination after defeating #1 seed Iowa 5-3 in Game 10 of the 2019 NCBA DI World Series. Sam Nadel earned Player of the Game honors after going 2 for 4 with 1 run scored along with making numerous fantastic plays in the field that kept the Hawkeyes off the board.