While the Phillies are in the midst of a 10-game, West Coast road trip, the Quakers will take the field under the lights of Citizens Bank Park in South Philadelphia tomorrow night at 7:30 to take on St. Joe's in the championship game of the 21st Annual Liberty Bell Classic. Penn, one of the original eight participants in the Classic since it was introduced in 1992, will be appearing in its first ever championship game. The Hawks, who have also never won a title, will be taking part in their first final since they lost to Temple in 2003.
The Red and Blue earned their spot in the title game with their 11-4 quarterfinal victory over defending champion Villanova on March 27 and a 9-4 semifinal win over La Salle on April 3. Coming off a brutal 1-3 weekend at Princeton, the Quakers will likely be shorthanded on pitching, and coach John Cole may have to call to the centerfield bullpen several times throughout the game. The Hawks earned their berth by topping Temple, 4-1, in the quarterfinals and defeating Delaware, 3-2, in the semis. They are coming off a 2-1 weekend series win over UMass.
Follow along tomorrow night right here on The Buzz as we liveblog all the action!