BURLINGTON, N.C. —
Princeton scored just one run, but that was enough to lead the Rays to a 1-0 Appalachian League victory over East Division leading Burlington in front of 1,423 spectators on Tuesday afternoon.
Three Princeton pitchers combined to scatter seven hits, while Ariel Soriano and Reid Redman had back-to-back doubles in the fifth for the lone run in the game.
Princeton, which will travel to Pulaski for a 7:05 p.m. start tonight, improved to 21-19 on the season, moving within six games of the first place Royals and are just 1 1/2 games behind second place Danville.
Kevin Brandt, Jacob Faria and Zach Butler combined efforts on the mound. Brandt allowed six hits, struck out six and walked one in four innings, while Faria surrendered a hit and struck out three to improve to 2-2 on the season
Butler picked up his seventh save, working a hitless ninth.
Christian Binford (0-1) was the hard luck loser for Burlington, giving up seven hits and the lone run in the game in five innings on the mound. Radford University product Mark Peterson and Daniel Stumpf worked the final four frames, allowing just three hits.
Princeton out-hit Burlington (25-11) 10-7, led by William Argo with three singles. Soriano doubled with two outs in the fifth and scored on a double by Redman. Soriano, Andrew Toles and Darryl George had two hits apiece for the Rays.
Toles and George joined Soriano and Redman with a double apiece.
Jose Rodriguez paced Burlington with two hits. Fred Ford had a double, the lone extra base hit for the Royals. Highly-touted Bubba Starling was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.
at Burlington Athletic Stadium
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Kevin Brandt, Jacob Faria (5), Zach Butler (9) and Omar Narvaez, Oscar Hernandez. Christian Binford, Mark Peterson (6), Daniel Stumpf (8) and Alexander Marquez. W—Faria (2-2); L—Binford (0-1); S—Butler (7). Time: 2:17. Att—1,423.