The Game: The Princeton Rays captured the Mercer Cup by taking game two of the doubleheader against the Bluefield Orioles on Thursday by the score of 3-1. Bluefield scored first in the second inning off a solo home run by Kipp Schutz to give them a 1-0 lead.
Princeton battled back in the home half of the inning. Julio Cedeno reached on an error to lead off the inning. David Wendt followed with a single to center, advancing Cedeno to third. Daniel Rhault drove home Cedeno with an RBI single to tie the game 1-1.
The Rays took the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning by leading off the inning with three consecutive singles by Daniel Rhault, Kyle Spraker and Ty Morrison. Brian Bryles drove home Rhault for the first run of the inning. Then Ryan Wiegand plated the second run to give the Rays the 3-1 win.
Joey Callender pitched a complete game, allowing 1 run on six hits in the seven inning contest. Callender struck out 3 and walked 1 enroute to his fourth win of the season. Robert Holloway was the losing pitcher for Bluefield.
What Went Right: Joey Callender; complete game win allowing only 1 run and struck out 3.
What Went Wrong: Jason Patton & Tomas Francisco; both were 0 for 3 with 2 strikeouts each.
A Look Ahead: The Rays and Orioles do it again on Friday night at Hunnicutt Stadium. Deivis Mavares (3-0) will be on the mound for Princeton against Justin Anderson (2-0) for Bluefield.