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March 6, 2013It was just the fifth game of the year for Serra and St. Mary's-Stockton, but it brought a pair of Top 20 teams together in San Mateo. The Padres plated three runs in the fourth en route to a 4-2 win behind a strong outing from Matt Gorgolinski.
Cal Poly bound Joey Caffese led off the game with a single and stole second before coming around on an infield single. The Rams left the bases loaded in the first. They added a run in the second when Francisco Prado scored on a wild pitch from Gorgolinski. Serra picked up a run in the bottom of the second when Nick Toomey had a RBI single to right field.
In the pivotal fourth inning, the Padres got runners on second and third with one out after a sacrifice bunt from Toomey. After Dalvin Martin reached on an error to score one run, Fresno State bound outfielder Jordan Paroubeck took a 1-0 pitch to right field for a two RBI double and a 4-2 lead for Serra.
Gorgolinski pitched six innings and Matt Blais pitched the seventh for the save. Christian Conci added two hits for Serra and Zach Johnson had two hits for St. Mary's.
Paroubeck is ranked No. 16 in the NCP Top 50 and reached base four times from the leadoff spot. He went 3-for-3 with two doubles from the right side and a single from the left side. His two run double in the fourth broke a 2-2 tie. Paroubeck added a walk in seeing 15 pitches. In the field, he slipped going after a ball in the seventh, but brings good size to center field.
The 6-foot-5 Gorgolinski struggled in the first two innings, but settled in for a good six inning outing. He gave up six hits and two runs while striking out 12. He walked three, including two in the first inning. Once he got locked in, he worked well down in the zone with movement on his ball. He threw 99 pitches (65 for strikes) and had first pitch strikes to 18 of 27 batters. He tallied 14 swings and misses. With a projectable frame, Gorgolinski could prove to be a real find for Loyola Marymount.
Caffese went 2-for-4 with two singles and two stolen bases as the leadoff hitter and centerfielder. He saw eight pitches on the afternoon in putting the first pitch in play twice. In the first inning, he battled back from a 0-2 hole for a single and drew plenty of attention as a runner. He didn't pitch on Tuesday, but picked up a win against Mater Dei on March 1.