What You Need to Know:
* Georgia State shot a second round 299 to jump three spots into ninth-place following the second round of the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional.
* Junior Alex Herrmann led the Panthers with a second-straight even par 72 and is tied for sixth at the University Club.
* Georgia State needs to finish among the top five teams to advance to its sixth NCAA Championship since 2000. The top individual not on a team qualifying for the championship will also advance to Sugar Grove, Ill., next week.
BATON ROUGE – Georgia State junior Alex Herrmann shot a second-straight even par 72 and stands in a tie for sixth-place entering Wednesday's final round of the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional. The Panthers climbed three spots in the standings following an 11-over 299 to stand ninth entering the final day of play.
Herrmann, who made three birdies and an eagle during the round, is in prime position to claim the one individual spot to the NCAA Championship. The top five teams and the top individual not from those teams will advance to Sugar Grove, Ill., later next week. He is currently two shots out of second place and would advance if the tournament concluded today.
Georgia State will have to make up 15 strokes to move into the top five on Wednesday to advance to its sixth NCAA Championship since 2000. The current cut is 12-over as the Panthers stand at 27-over par with 18 holes to play.
“Unfortunately for the second-straight day, we were just one score shy from having a really good round,” head coach Joe Inman said. “Alex is playing really good golf right now and has the chance to do something special on Wednesday. I was proud of the way Nathan Mallonee bounced back after a tough round yesterday and I think he can finish strong tomorrow as well.
“Although we have a big mountain to climb, it is far from impossible. All we can control is our score, but if we can put together a really good round, maybe we will get a little lucky as well. I know this team will not go down without a fight.”
After shooting an 81 on Monday, Mallonee bounced back with an even par 72 that included three birdies. He moved into a tie for 44th at 9-over par.
Junior Max Herrmann shot a 2-over 74 and is now tied for 33rd at 7-over. His second round included four birdies as he shot a 34 on his opening nine holes.
Host LSU, ranked No. 6 in the country, leads the 14-team field at 4-under par follow a second round 296. No. 19 Duke is second at 3-over following the best round of the day, an even par 288. No. 18 Virginia stands in third place at 4-over par, with No. 29 Northwestern and No. 7 Oregon tied for fourth at 12-over par. No. 43 Kentucky is sixth at 13-over par.
LSU's Sam Burns, ranked No. 2 in the country, shot an even par 72 and holds a five-stroke lead at 7-under par thru 36 holes. Oregon's Wyndham Clark, ranked No. 1 in the country, along with Duke's Alex Smalley are tied for second place at 2-under par. Virginia's Jimmy Stanger and Duke's Chandler Eaton are tie for fourth at 1-under par.
Live scoring of the entire 54-hole tournament will be available at Golfstat.com and on the Golfstat mobile app.
Georgia State will be paired with No. 42 Jacksonville and No. 31 Arkansas on Wednesday teeing off on Hole No. 10 beginning at 8:30 a.m. ET.