TEMPE, Ariz. – The University of Oregon men’s golf team remained in sixth place after the conclusion of the third round Tuesday at the Pac-10 championships, but showed marked improvement by posting a 9-under 346, which tied for the second-lowest score of the day at Karsten Golf Course.

The second-ranked Ducks are 16-under through 54 holes at the 7,057-yard, par 71 course and are within four strokes of No. 10 USC (-20, 1,045) for fifth and five strokes of fourth-ranked and fourth-place UCLA (-21, 1,044). Top-ranked Stanford (-42, 1,023) has a seven-shot lead on No. 13 Arizona State (-35, 1,030) and remains within striking distance of the Pac-10 record of 56-under set by the host Sun Devils at Karsten in 2000.

“Timing wise, it’s not the best time to struggle, but that’s what we are doing right now," said head coach Casey Martin.

The Ducks’ were led Tuesday by Daniel Miernicki, who fired a 64 to jump into an eighth-place tie with two other golfers at 10-under par. The sophomore and two-time medalist this season had seven birdies and zero bogeys.

“We have not played particularly well this week as a team, but Daniel played phenomenally today,” Martin said.

Isaiah Telles also had a nice Tuesday, shooting 4-under 67. He’s tied for 24th at 2-under 211.

Jack Dukeminier is tied for 22nd at 3-under after a third-round 73. UO’s No. 1 Eugene Wong continued his struggles with a 1-over 72 and stands in a tie for 38th at 2-over 215.

Jack Paton (47th) is at 5-over 218 after a 70 - best round of the tournament - and Andrew Vijarro (T48th) is one stroke behind him at 6-over 219.

"We really haven't had a bad tournament all year," Martin said. "Hopefully, we can come out tomorrow and make something happen.”

The final round of the conference championships is Wednesday, beginning at 8 a.m.