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Liberty Bell Classic Championship Game Features Quakers vs Hawks Tuesday Night

The giant Liberty Bell replica at Citizens Ban...The giant Liberty Bell replica at Citizens Bank Park (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Championship Game Set

 

The University of Pennsylvania Quakers will take on the St. Joseph University Hawks in the 21st Annual Liberty Bell Classic championship game at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m. Semi-final action was held on Tuesday, April 3 and featured the Quakers at the LaSalle University Explorers on one side of the bracket and the Hawks hosted the University of Delaware Blue Hens.

In their 9-4 victory over the LaSalle Explorers, the Penn Quakers bats helped support a spectacular five-inning pitching performance by sophomore left-hander Matt Gottschall. The Quakers were first to put runs on the board in the top of the 4th inning as

Rick Brebner, Derek Vigoa, Mitch Montaldo and Brandon Englehardt each found ways to score runs. A home run in the 6th inning by Rick Brebner and another one in the 7th inning by Ryan Deitrich added to the Quakers lead. Gottschall surrendered his 2 runs on a home run by LaSalle's George Smith, Jr. in the bottom of the fifth. The victory earned their first appearance in the Liberty Bell Championship game.

In a tightly contested game the St. Joseph University Hawks won 3-2 victory over the University of Delaware Blue Hens. The Hawks started the scoring in the bottom of the first off an RBI single by Greg Kumpel to score Ryan Pater. Delaware answered back with their own run off an RBI single by Ryan Hartley. St. Joe's added two more runs in the bottom of the 3rd inning off a sacrifice fly by Stefan Kancylarz that scored Ryan Pater and an RBI single by Kevin Taylor that scored Lansing Veeder and proved to be the game winning run. The Blue Hens threatened a come-back in the top of the 8th inning after Jimmy Yezzo hit a home run to cut the lead to one, but Delaware couldn't muster any more runs. Sophomore pitchers Daniel Thorpe, Mike Muha and Steven Schula helped contain the Blue Hen bats and lead the Hawks to their first trip back to the Liberty Bell Classic since it was played at Veterans Stadium in 2003.

Tickets are $5 at the First Base Ticket Windows and are available only on the day of the game. Parking will be in Lot P.

 

The Liberty Bell Classic was conceived in 1992 as a way for local Division I colleges to compete against each other in a tournament as well as an opportunity for the schools to play on the big league field of Veterans Stadium. The original eight schools were the University of Pennsylvania, University of Delaware, Saint Joseph's, Drexel, Villanova, Temple, West Chester, and LaSalle Universities. In the first championship game, the University of Delaware defeated Villanova University 6-2.

When West Chester University was reclassified as Division II, it was replaced by Rider University and Rider was then in turn replaced by Lehigh University. When Drexel's baseball program was dissolved after the 2003 season, Lafayette University joined the Liberty Bell Classic.

Originally all games were played at Veterans Stadium, but in 2004 games were played at local venues with the championship game being held at Citizens Bank Park. The first championship at Citizens Bank Park was claimed by Lehigh University as they defeated Villanova University 11-3.

Past Winners
  • 2011 -- Villanova University
  • 2010 -- University of Delaware
  • 2009 -- No winner due to inclement weather
  • 2008 -- Lafayette College
  • 2007 -- Lafayette College
  • 2006 -- LaSalle University
  • 2005 -- Villanova University
  • 2004 -- Lehigh University
  • 2003 -- Temple University
  • 2002 -- University of Delaware
  • 2001 -- University of Delaware
  • 2000 -- Temple University
  • 1999 -- Villanova University
  • 1998 -- Villanova University
  • 1997 -- University of Delaware
  • 1996 -- Temple University
  • 1995 -- University of Delaware
  • 1994 -- University of Delaware
  • 1993 -- Drexel University
  • 1992 -- University of Delaware

 

For more information, e-mail fandev@phillies.com or call 215.463.1000.

 

 

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