Villanova to Face Lehigh at 7 p.m. in Liberty Bell Classic Championship Game
April 12, 2005
VILLANOVA, Pa. - For the second straight season, Villanova and Lehigh will meet in the championship game of the Liberty Bell Classic. The final game of the annual round-robin local tournament will be played on Wednesday, April 13 at 7 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. Tickets cost $5 and can be purchased on the day of the game.
Villanova will look to exact revenge on the Mountain Hawks for last year's 11-3 loss in the title game. The Wildcats have won the Liberty Bell Championship on two previous occasions, with the titles coming in consecutive seasons in 1998 and 1999. Villanova defeated Delaware in the 1998 championship and then edged St. Joseph's 14-13 in the 1999 game, becoming just the second team ever to win back-to-back titles.
Villanova defeated St. Joseph's 14-6 on March 22 and Penn 3-1 on March 30 to advance to the championship game. Lehigh defeated Temple 3-2 on March 15 and then outlasted La Salle in a 13-11 marathon on April 7 to earn its spot.
In last year's championship game, the Wildcats and Mountain Hawks were tied 2-2 heading to the bottom of the sixth inning, but Lehigh scored four runs in their half of the sixth to take the lead for good at 6-2. The Mountain Hawks then added two more runs in the seventh and three in the eighth to break the game open. The win represented Lehigh's only title in the 13-year history of the tournament.
Delaware has captured six of the 13 titles since the event began in 1992, while Temple has claimed three championships and Villanova two. Lehigh and Drexel have each won the championship once.
March 15 - Lehigh 3, Temple 2