Mountain Lions Climb into Fifth-Place Tie at D-II Central/West Super Regional

By Doug Fitzgerald published May 4, 2010

PALM DESERT, Calif. - Chris Shoop and Spencer Biersdorff each shot a 1-under par 71 and David Cosel was at even par as the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs rebounded from a disappointing first round to shoot a 3-over par 291 in Tuesday's second round at the NCAA Division II Men's Central/West Super Regional at the Classic Club.

Riley Andrews added a 5-over par 77 to the Mountain Lions' team score. Brian Morfeld's 79 was discarded.

After scoring a 303 in Monday's first round to put themselves into a ninth-place tie, the Mountain Lions' Tuesday performance pushed them all the way up into a three-way tie for fifth at 594. That's significant since the top five finishers at the super regional will advance to the NCAA Division II National Championship Tournament, which will be held April 18-21 at the Sagamore Club in Noblesville, Ind.

The final round of the super regional will be played on Wednesday.

UCCS, which is ranked No. 13 nationally, is tied with No. 6 Cal State-Stanislaus and No. 11 Western Washington. Cal State-Monterey Bay is in fourth, two strokes ahead of the trio at five. No. 1 ranked Chico State is leading at 577, followed by Sonoma State at 579 and Western New Mexico at 582.

Shoop had a double bogey on No. 12, which was his third hole of the day since UCCS started on the back nine. He birdied 13, 14 and 15 before making par on six straight. A birdie on 4 and a bogey on 8 finished his round.

Despite being the team's lone freshman, Biersdorff was the most consistent of the Mountain Lions. He scored 15 pars, two birdies and a bogey.

Cosel was at even par through nine holes and began surging down the stretch with birdies on 5 and 7. A double-bogey on eight, however, brought his score for the day to even.

Andrews had three birdies and two bogeys on his first five holes on what proved to be an up-and-down round. Double-bogeys on 18 and 7 hurt what otherwise was a very solid day.

Morfeld put himself in a bad spot early, double-bogeying 11 and 12 and never recovered.

UCCS was in a position to climb even further up the leader board but had two bogeys and two double-bogeys on the final three holes of the day.

Biersdorff is tied for 11th in the individual standings with a two-round score of 146. Cosel and Shoop are both tied for 15th at 147.

Chico State's Brandon Harkins and Western New Mexico's Gordon Webb are tied for the individual lead at 140 (4-under par). Kyle Souza, also of Chico State, is at 141, while and Ryan Carter of Sonoma State is at 142 and Trevor Blair of Cal State-Stanislaus and David Schroeder of Fort Lewis are both at 143.

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