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At Bat in our Community

2014 Liberty Bell Classic
St. Joseph's University Crowned 23rd annual Liberty Bell Classic Champions

The Saint Joseph's University Hawks defeated the LaSalle University Explorers 10-3 to claim the Liberty Bell Classic title. The Hawks jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st inning thanks in part to a 3-run home run by Stefan Kancylarz. A strong pitching performance by the Hawks staff limited the Explorers to just two earned runs en route to the school's second title in tournament history. The Hawks last win was in 2012.

SECOND ROUND
  • LaSalle University 18 University of Delaware 6
  • St. Joseph's University 4 University of Pennsylvania 2

FIRST ROUND
  • Lehigh University 5 LaSalle University 6
  • Temple University 4 University of Delaware 12
  • St. Joseph's University 8 Villanova University 6
  • Lafayette College 5 University of Pennsylvania 11

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
  • 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

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