Freshman Franklin Huang was 4-under on his back nine at The Prestige at PGA West, finishing with a 68 to lead the Stanford men's golf team Tuesday.
Huang, who started his day with a birdie on hole 10 of the Nicklaus Course, was even on the front and used three-straight birdies on the final stretch to add a layer of shine on his team-best mark.
Portola Valley resident Maverick McNealy is tied for third after his second straight sub-70 round. He turned in a 69 with five birdies and an eagle on the par-5 seventh. He bogeyed the seventh hole in his opening round.
As a team, Stanford (288-281) moved up three spots to seventh with its 7-under performance. Arizona State leads the 14-team field at 23-under heading into Wednesday's final round of the 54-hole event.
Huang, tied for 20th, and McNealy are within striking distance of Arizona State's Max Rottluff and Jon Rahm. The Sun Devil teammates are tied atop the leaderboard at 8-under through 36 holes.
Viraat Badhwar's 73 matched his opening-round score. David Boote was five shots better than Monday's 76, firing a 1-under 71 to share 47th place.
Jeffrey Swegle was even on his front nine but went 5-over on the back for a 77.
Patrick Grimes (73), Dominick Francks (76) and Bradley Knox (80) are representing Stanford as individual competitors.
Stanford recorded its first shutout of the season, beating visiting Sacramento State, 7-0, in a nonconference match Tuesday at Taube Family Tennis Stadium.
The Cardinal (4-2) will take a three-match winning streak into Saturday's nonconference contest with host No. 14 California. The match is set to begin at 10 a.m.
Stanford earned the doubles point and had straight-set victories at each singles position.
John Morrissey posted a 6-2, 6-0 win against Roy Brandys at the No. 3 spot, extending Stanford's lead.
Robert Stineman's 6-4, 6-1 triumph over Christopher Clayton on court six put the Cardinal on the verge of securing the match.
The clincher came from Tom Fawcett, who breezed past Sean Kolar 6-1, 6-1 at the top spot of the lineup. Fawcett improved his team-best overall record to 16-4.
Stanford also received wins from Nolan Paige at No. 5, Maciek Romanowicz at No. 4 and David Wilczynski at No. 2. In five duals, Wilczynski has now played at every spot of the lineup except No. 1.
Stanford's Taylor Rice was named the Pac-12 Specialist of the Week, as announced by the conference.
Rice registered three top-two results with scores of 9.850 or higher during Saturday's 197.075-196.225 loss to visiting No. 10 UCLA in Pac-12 action.
Rice scored a career-best 9.925 on floor helped No. 3 Stanford earn a 49.400 -- the team's highest score in the event since March 1, 2013.
Rice added a first-place result on vault by tying her career-high of 9.900 and tied for second on beam with a 9.850. Her performance on beam was crucial because it came immediately after the gymnast before her fell.
It is the third Pac-12 weekly honor of the season for Stanford after Elizabeth Price was named the Freshman/Newcomer of the Week on Jan. 12 and Ivana Hong earned Specialist of the Week honors Jan. 20.