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!