Lee out to Stop Day-Night Sweep, Pence Absent from Lineup

Lee out to Stop Day-Night Sweep, Pence Absent from Lineup

After dropping the first leg of today's day-night double header against the Washington Nationals, the Phillies will turn to Cliff Lee this evening to hopefully secure the club's 99th victory of the season (7:05 p.m. / CSN).

To be honest, we've sort of run out of superlatives to describe Phifer's 2011 season. So, uh, we're just going to hit you with some stats. Okay? Okay!

--Cliff's 2011 Record: 16-7. ERA: 2.38. WHIP: 1.02.

--The Phillies have not lost a Cliff Lee start since July 25th. He has not lost a decision since that date. He has won seven of those nine starts.

--In his three starts in the month of September, Lee is 1-0 with .072 ERA and WHIP.

With all that in mind, it might surprise you to know that Cliff's numbers against the Nationals aren't quite as stellar. In his two starts against Washington this year, Cliff is 1-1 with a 3.77 ERA. He's surrendered 6 earned on 10 hits in 14.1 IP.

Isn't it nice to be able to complain about that?

Standing opposed for the Nationals, Ross Detwiler enters tonight's game 2-5 with 3.76 ERA in 13 starts. He sports a 0-3 and 6.00 ERA in 5 career appearances versus Philadelphia.

In a brief injury update, Hunter Pence apparently offered a "thumbs-up" to reporters earlier this afternoon, indicating that he is okay after taking an awkward step on the first base bag and limping for much of his six innings played. Though he was expected to start both games of the double header earlier today, his name is now conspicuously absent from the evening lineup. No word on whether the injury is worse than originally thought or if Manuel is simply granting the right fielder some well-deserved rest.

Charlie's 9/20 Game 2 lineup:

Rollins SS, Polanco 3B, Victorino CF, Utley 2B, Mayberry 1B, Ibanez LF, Francisco RF, Ruiz C, Lee P

And for the Nats:

Desmond SS, Werth CF, Zimmerman 3B, Morse LF, Gomes RF, Espinosa 2B, Marrero 1B, Ramos C, Detwiler P

See you post-game.

College hoops wrap: Penn State steamrolled by No. 21 Purdue

College hoops wrap: Penn State steamrolled by No. 21 Purdue

Villanova headlined Philly college basketball action today with a 78-68 win over Providence, led by Josh Hart and Kris Jenkins (see full recap). The win is dampened with the news that Phil Booth is increasingly unlikely to return this season as he still deals with knee discomfort (see story).

Here's a snapshot from the rest of area hoops today.

Penn State steamrolled by No. 21 Purdue
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The way it played this week, No. 21 Purdue is acting like a team that is determined to be in the race for the Big Ten championship all the way to the end of the regular season.

Caleb Swanigan had 19 points and 12 rebounds, Purdue built an 18-point halftime lead and coasted to a 77-52 victory over Penn State on Saturday, four days after shooting 60.4 percent in a 91-68 victory against Illinois.

Against Penn State, the Boilermakers (16-4, 5-2) got 13 points from freshman guard Carsen Edwards and 10 each from Dakota Mathias and Vince Edwards.

"I would just say we were coming out ready to play," said Vince Edwards, who added seven rebounds and three assists. "Our goal is to win the Big Ten. Our focus is to take care of business."

Josh Reaves led Penn State (11-9, 3-4) with 12 points. The Nittany Lions made only 20 of 64 field goal attempts (31.3 percent) and were outrebounded 39-30. Purdue shot 56.6 percent (30 of 53) (see full recap).

Drexel drops road game at CAA-leading UNC Wilmington
WILMINGTON, N.C. -- Devontae Cacok scored 12 points and set a Colonial Athletic Association record with 24 rebounds, helping UNC Wilmington stay perfect in conference with an 87-74 win over Drexel on Saturday.

Cacok, whose previous career-high rebounding was 16, broke the school record (21) and conference record (22) late in the second half as the Seahawks cruised to their ninth straight home win, tying the best mark in program history.

UNC Wilmington (19-2, 8-0) led 53-51 with 15:01 left before four players combined to rattle off 12 straight points. Cacok capped the run with one of his 11 offensive rebounds and a dunk to give the Seahawks a 65-51 lead with 11:23 remaining.

UNC Wilmington is off to its best start ever and has won 24 of its last 26 conference games, including 12 straight. Chris Flemmings led the Seahawks with 17 points.

Sammy Mojica had 15 points and Rodney Williams added 14 for Drexel (7-13, 1-6), which has lost seven of eight (see full recap).

Delaware swept in season series with Towson
NEWARK, Del. -- Mike Morsell and Arnaud William Adala Moto pulled down a dozen boards as Towson won its fourth straight and a season sweep of Delaware with a 75-58 win on Saturday afternoon.

The Tigers are fresh off a win over Hofstra that saw them erase a 16-point first-half deficit, and momentum carried over when they built a 17-point lead at halftime.

Alex Thomas and John Davis added 13 and 12 points, respectively, but Towson saw its streak of three-straight games shooting better than 50 percent end. The Tigers hit 26 of 55 shots from the floor (47.3 percent), including 6 of 15 from deep.

Delaware snapped a six-game losing streak Thursday with a win over Northeastern. Ryan Daly scored 21 points for Delaware and became the first freshman in school history to post six 20-plus efforts in a season. He reached double-digits for the 12th time in 13 games (see full recap).