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Cardinal golfers retain lead at The Prestige at PGA West

 

Patrick Rodgers shot a second-round 68 to help the Stanford golf team take a 14-shot lead into Wednesday's final round of the Prestige at PGA West in La Quinta.

Rodgers, the clubhouse leader, stands at 9-under after blazing through PGA West's Greg Norman Course on Tuesday. Rodgers had bookend bogeys, but in between, dropped five birdies to finish with a 3-under for his 10th straight round shooting par or better.

"Our guys hung in there today and extended our lead, which was the goal going into round two," said Stanford head coach Conrad Ray. "The hole locations were more challenging and the birdies were a little harder to come by. Tomorrow will be good training for our guys to play with a lead, and we hope to come out on top."

Stanford (269-280) sports a 19-under 549 and leads second-place Washington's 563. Washington had a day-two best 277 among the 12-team field.

After Monday's opening round, Ray said that the team needed to continue executing its game plan, and the Cardinal did just that.

At the par-71, 7,070-yard course, Cameron Wilson birdied nine, 10 and 12 while finishing at 1-under. David Boote also finished at 1-under.

Freshman Jim Liu moved up 23 spots into a tie for 14th after a front-nine 34 was followed by a back-nine 33. Liu finished 4-under on the day at 67, seven strokes better than his opening round.

Stanford freshman Maverick McNealy, who fired a 65 to open the event, shot a 1-over 72 along with Viraat Badhwar. McNealy is tied for second overall at 5-under. Stanford's Dominick Franks was 1-under through nine and finished with a 4-over 75.

Menlo School grad Patrick Grimes took five shots off his scorecard from Monday, finishing at 3-over. Keegan English was four shots better after recording a 78. English was even on the front nine.

Softball

A seven-run fifth inning propelled No. 13 Stanford to a 10-1 victory in five innings Tuesday at UC Davis in a nonconference game.

Holding a 3-1 lead entering the top of the fifth, Stanford (12-0) recorded seven runs on four hits and capitalized on three errors by the Aggies (4-9). It is the fifth time this season Stanford has scored seven or more runs in a single inning.

Hanna Winter paced the Cardinal offensively, going 3-for-4 with three singles, two RBI and a run. Leah White, Cassandra Roulund, Kayla Bonstrom and Tylyn Wells recorded two hits apiece.

Madi Schreyer (9-0) picked up her ninth win on the year, striking out five Aggie batters and allowing one run on three hits and a walk.

Roulund got the Cardinal on the board in the third inning with a three-RBI double to right-center. She leads the team with 16 RBI on the year and her 17 hits is tied for the team high.

With the bases loaded and one out in the fifth inning, Winter got the seven-run rally going with a two-RBI single to put Stanford up 5-1. White followed with a bouncer to the right side of the infield that found its way through the second baseman's legs and rolled into the outfield, scoring two more runs to give the Cardinal a 7-1 advantage.

— Stanford Athletics

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