The Stanford men's golf team moved into second place following third-round action Saturday at the Pac-10 Championships at Stanford Golf Course.
The Cardinal matched USC's score of 352 to remain within three strokes of the first-place Trojans.
Stanford's Andrew Yun fired a 66, the best round of the day, to move into a tie for third place.
Oregon State's Alex Moore and USC's Martin Trainer, a Gunn High grad, are tied for the individual lead at 205 after both players recorded 1-under rounds of 69.
Trainer was 3-under on his round through 16 holes before collecting bogeys on the 17th and 18th holes.
Stanford's Steve Ziegler and UCLA's Alex Kim are tied for fifth place at 209 while Hank Frame of Washington State sits alone in seventh place at even par 210.
A total of 11 golfers are within seven strokes of the lead heading into Sunday's final round.
Yun had five birdies and a bogey on his Saturday's card.
Ziegler turned in his second straight even-par round of 70 on Saturday following an opening-round 69. He got his round off on a positive note with a birdie on the par-5 first hole, but picked up bogeys on the par-3 fourth and par-4 ninth holes. Ziegler got his round back to even par with a birdie on the par-5 16th hole.
Stanford senior Graham Brockington, who started the day tied for fourth place, shot a 3-over 73 on Saturday and is now tied for ninth place. Brockington was just 1-over on his round before finishing with a double-bogey six on the par-4 18th hole.
Danny Sandbrink threw a five-hitter, Stephen Piscotty had two hits and drive in two runs and Stanford beat host Arizona State, 6-4, in a Pac-10 Conference game Saturday night.
The Cardinal (6-8, 21-15) evened the series against the Sun Devils, with the rubber match scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Both teams have scored 16 runs in the first two games.
Sandbrink worked out of trouble in the seventh and eighth inning and then recorded a 1-2-3 ninth for his first complete game in three years. He struck out a career-high eight hitters.
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Top-ranked Stanford dropped a 9-8 decision to No. 4 UCLA in the semifinals of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament Saturday at San Jose State.
The Cardinal (24-1) plays the host Spartans in Sunday's third-place game at 1:30 p.m. UCLA and No. 2 California will meet in the championship game for the automatic berth into the NCAA tournament at 3 p.m.
Stanford, by virtue of its 24-game winning streak heading into the day's competition, is all but assured of an at-large bid into the NCAA tournament.
After Kaley Dodson's 6-on-5 goal pulled the Cardinal even at 6-6 just 40 seconds into the fourth period, UCLA scored twice over the next 1:17 and then added a third straight goal with 4:16 remaining to go up 9-6.
"We spent a lot of energy playing 5-on-6 and scrambled the first quarter because we were down a good bit of the quarter," Stanford coach John Tanner said. "We were still in the game but then they started making some nice shots outside and we didn't do a great job on offense finishing our opportunities. Each time we got close, they would score."
Alyssa Lo and Annika Dries each scored over the next minute to pull the Cardinal within 9-8 with 3:22 to play.
Lo and Dries each scored twice to lead the Cardinal, while Dodson, Cassie Churnside, Kim Krueger and Melissa Seidemann each added a goal.
Dries opened the scoring 1:01 into the game, but the Bruins would answer off the arm of Menlo School grad Megan Burmeister.
Stanford junior Bradley Klahn defeated Cal's Nick Andrews, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1, in the semifinals of the Pac-10 Championships Saturday at the Ojai Valley Tennis Club.
Klahn will met long-time rival and defending champ Steve Johnson of USC on Sunday in the championship match.
On the women's side, Kristie Ahn edged fellow freshman Nicole Gibbs, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4, in an all-Stanford semifinal and will play top-seeded Maria Sanchez of USC in Sunday's championship match.
Sanchez beat Stanford's Stacey Tan, 6-2, 6-1, in the other semifinal.
No. 13 Stanford lost, 7-1, to visiting Washington Saturday in a Pac-10 Conference game.
The Cardinal drops to 34-11 overall and 7-7 in the Pac-10, while the Huskies improve to 32-9 on the season and 7-7 in the conference.
Stanford is in sixth place, with 70 points, at a national semifinal in Long Beach following Saturday's action.
The B Division of Kevin Laube and Kelly Ortel are second in their division, finishing among the top four in five of six races. The duo finished the day with 28 points.
In the A Division, Mateo Vargas and Rebecca King scored 42 points, sixth in the division.
No. 2 Stanford's II Eight women's boat picked up the Cardinal's only victory in four races against No. 3 California's crews Saturday at The Big Row on the waters of Redwood Shores.
The schools raced in the I Eight, II Eight, Four and Frosh Eight classes.
"The racing was very gritty and exactly what you would expect from such an awesome rivalry," said Stanford coach Yasmin Farooq. "We saw some good progress in the varsity four, the 2V eight was a slugfest, and the varsity eight led off the line only to have Cal throw down an excellent middle 1,000. The Pac-10 is deep and we should all expect that "final only" race at the Pac-10 Championships to be a barnburner in all three events."
The Cardinal II Eight out-dueled its opposite number from California, crossing the line with a time of 6:35.0, just over two seconds ahead of the Golden Bears.
No. 11 Stanford and No. 2 California faced off in three classes at Saturday's Big Row at Redwood Shores, with California capturing all three races.
The schools raced in the I Eight, II Eight and Frosh Eight classes.
In the men's main event between the I Eight crews, Stanford crossed the line in a time of 5:48, nine seconds back of the California boat, as the Golden Bears retained the Schwabacher Cup.
The Cardinal II Eight would fall by 11 seconds to the Golden Bears, crossing the line in a final time of 5:58. On the Frosh Eight side, Stanford's time of 6:22 was 31 seconds back of California's 5:51.
Both schools (men and women) wore aquamarine ribbons in honor of late California rower Jill Costello, who passed away from lung cancer last June.