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2015 Liberty Bell Classic
Rider University Champions of 24th Annual Liberty Bell Classic presented by GDF Suez

The Rider University Broncs outscored the Villanova University Wildcats 6-2 in the 24th Annual Liberty Bell Classic presented by GDF Suez championship game. It was Rider University's first appearance in the Liberty Bell Classic since 1997 when it was replaced by Lehigh University. Rider defeated LaSalle University, 5-2, in the semi-finals and Lehigh, 9-6, in the first round while Villanova defeated University of Pennsylvania, 9-3, in the semis and Lafayette, 4-3, in the first round to advance to the championship game.

SECOND ROUND
  • Rider University 5, LaSalle University 2
  • University of Pennsylvania 3, Villanova University 9

FIRST ROUND
  • Lehigh University 4, Rider University 9
  • LaSalle University 9, University of Delaware 1
  • Lafayette College 3, Villanova University 4
  • University of Pennsylvania 4, St. Joseph's University 2

History

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
  • 2015 -- Rider University
  • 2014 -- St. Joseph's University
  • 2013 -- University of Delaware
  • 2012 -- St. Joseph's University
  • 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

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