Gauchos Remain in 11th After Two Rounds at NCAA Stanford Regional

Zach Smith (Photo by Eric Isaacs)
Zach Smith (Photo by Eric Isaacs)

STANFORD, Calif. - Sophomore Nick Swanson and freshman Brett Bennett each carded an even-par 70 as UC Santa Barbara shot a 290, shaving six shots off its first round score, remaining in 11th-place after two rounds of the NCAA Stanford Regional on Tuesday.

At one point on Tuesday, the Gauchos pulled into a tie with Ohio State for 10th-place but they couldn't hold on and trail the Buckeyes by four shots entering Wednesday's final round. They are also four shots ahead of Sacramento State, the 12th-place team.

Swanson is now tied for 36th with a 3-over par 143 after two rounds. Bennett is tied for 41st at 4-over 144. Zach Smith, who shot a 5-over par 75 on Tuesday, is now 8-over after two rounds and is tied for 58th at 148. Willy Moffly is 11-over and tied for 66th while Brandon Bauman is tied for 70th at 12-over par.

Wednesday's final round will begin with Baylor at 18-under par and leading Stanford by seven shots. The Cardinal, at 11-under, are six strokes ahead of Pepperdine (-5), eight up on Oklahoma (-3) and 11 up of BYU, Georgia Tech and North Florida.

Oklahoma's Brad Dalke is the individual leader after two rounds with an 11-under par 129. Stanford's Maverick McNealy is second at 8-under par while Baylor teammates Cooper Dossey adn Matthew Perrine are third and fourth at 6-under and 5-under respectively.