Due to overnight rain that led to wet conditions, lift, clean and place was in effect for today's round. The weather also softened the greens and led to lower scores in contrast to yesterday's opening round, which challenged the field with a constant wind.
"We had every opportunity out there," head coach Jamie Green said. "All five guys were hitting quality golf shots; we just didn't quite have as many putts drop as we were hoping. Fortunately, we have one more round tomorrow and we are in striking distance. We are looking forward to see how the golf course plays tomorrow."
A native of Virginia Beach, Va., Paolini notched five birdies and came in with a 33 to reach red figures. Paolini jumped from a tie for 17th place to a tie for 10th today with scores of 73-68=141 (-1).
"On the 11th hole, the tee was moved way up and it was downwind," Green said. "There is water down the right side. Brinson drives it so straight and he was driving it well. It was about a 320-yard hole from the tee to the middle of the green with a front-left pin. He actually drove it past the hole, but just left of the green. He chipped it to a foot and made birdie there. It is always nice to be that close and know you have a very makeable birdie opportunity."
Joining Paolini in 10th is sophomore Spencer Anderson, who followed up his team-best 70 yesterday with an even-par 71 today. A product of Pacific Palisades, Calif., Anderson closed his round with three birdies on the back nine.
Junior Wes Roach and freshman Julian Suri were two other Blue Devils to fire even-par scores today. Roach, hailing from Knoxville, Tenn., had a pair of birdies and bogies in his second round. Roach sits in a tie for 25th with scores of 73-71=144 (+2). Suri is tied for 28th after his 71 today. The St. Augustine, Fla., native is three-over-par, 74-71=145, for the tournament.
Senior Adam Long was one-over-par in his second round and is tied for 28th after posting scores of 73-72=145 (+3). Long had back-to-back birdies on holes No. 9 and No. 10.
The Blue Devils are just four strokes back of leading LSU heading into the final round. Matt Hill of N.C. State heads the individual leaderboard at seven-under-par.
"I think these guys are hitting really good golf shots," Green said. "Our attitudes are great; the guys are calm and focused. I really believe there will be good opportunities tomorrow."
Live scoring and tee times for the final round will be available at golfstat.com