HATTIESBURG, Miss. - A day after carding an 11-over-par 82, sophomore Bulldog Axel Boasson fired a career-best 4-under-par 67 to lead the Mississippi State men's golf team to a final-round 279 in the Sam Hall Intercollegiate.
MSU bettered its team score each day and managed a 2-under-par 850 for the two-day, three-round event. Using the 5-under-par 279, the Bulldogs maintained sixth place. UAB claimed the tournament title with a 16-under-par 836.
Boasson's 15-stroke improvement included a round-high seven birdies. He turned in a team-best 14 birdies to raise the Bulldogs' event-total to 53.
"I was more relaxed and had better focus today," Boasson said. "I was in control of my ball today, but the key to my score was putting. I was making a lot more putts, especially some good up and down putts."
Sophomore Chad Ramey backed up his second-round 65 with a 1-over-par 72 to finish tied for sixth overall. Blake Kelly of South Alabama used a final-round, 1-under-par 70 to win the event with a 10-under-par 203.
Senior Alex Rowland capped off his tournament notching a 2-under-par 69 in the final round to finish 1-over, while fellow senior Lee Heaton tallied 11 birdies en route to a 4-over-par 217.
Seeing his first collegiate action, redshirt freshman Tyler Smith claimed back-to-back 73's before turning in a 77 in the final round.
"We improved each round," MSU coach Clay Homan said. "Shooting the second lowest round of the day at 279 was a definitely positive. I was proud of the way Axel rebounded from his 82 to shoot a 67. Chad had his chances to make a move up the leaderboard but just couldn't get many putts to drop."
Mississippi State returns to action Oct. 3rd at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate in Birmingham, Ala. Fans can follow Mississippi State Golf on Twitter at @mstateMG and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mstateWG.
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Mississippi State had won two-straight matches in overtime, but the Dawgs couldn't punch in the golden goal Tuesday afternoon as they played to a scoreless tie against Southern Mississippi.
After an evenly-played opening half, Mississippi State dominated the remainder of the match, out-shooting the Golden Eagles 21-7 over the final 65 minutes.
State ran its record to 3-3-1 on the season, while Southern Miss went to 3-3-2.
Mississippi State ended up out-firing the Golden Eagles 27-12 in the match. State put 12 shots on target, but it was unable to get the winner past Hannah Vanderboegh, who stopped 11 shots.
Bulldog junior goalkeeper Skylar Rosson turned away five chances on the afternoon before being sent off with a red card in the final three minutes of the second overtime.
"I was very proud of the way our team battled today. We played well and had our chances, but we just couldn't find the net," MSU head coach Neil Macdonald said. "We are averaging 18 shots a game, but we have to start putting some of those away. The positive is that we are creating chances and giving ourselves an opportunity to win."
State's first opportunity came with 37 minutes left in the opening half. Morganne Grimes lined the free kick to Tarah Henderson inside the box. Henderson fired the loose ball, but Vanderboegh made the save.
USM immediately countered with its first scoring opportunity. Jordan Wagner broke past the Bulldog back line, but Shannen Jainudeen's defensive pressure forced her fire her shot right at Rosson.
The Dawgs had another opportunity on goal in the 17th minute. Freshman Amy Hoover found the ball at her feet in front of the left post. Her inaugural attempt was stopped by Vanderboegh, and the second was cleared away from the line by a Golden Eagle defender.
Southern Miss' Macie Wallace created a chance two minutes before the opening half expired, but Rosson made the stop to send the match to halftime scoreless.
Both teams came out firing in the second half. With 40 minutes remaining, Chelsea Cruthirds worked to the end line and sent a cross into the box that a streaking Golden Eagle player just missed getting a foot on.
State answered a minute later. Lauren Morgan slipped a pass between defenders to Elisabeth Sullivan, but Vanderboegh made a diving stab of the Memphis, Tenn., native's 1-vs.-1 effort.
Junior Jasmine Simmons nearly broke the deadlock in the 65th minute. The Oklahoma City native collected the ball at the left post and had a couple of chances, but she was unable to punch the ball past Vanderboegh.
In the 67th minute, Sullivan spun past her defender and made a run toward the end line. She lined a cross into the box, but Amy Hoover's flick sailed high of target.
Hoover had another opportunity at the 70:39 mark. Sullivan broke free down the left sideline and found Hoover for the 20-yard shot, but Vanderboegh managed to get the fingertips on the attempt and knock it over the end line.
Hoover directed the ensuing corner kick toward the far post, but a sliding Jainudeen was unable to get a foot on the ball.
The Dawgs continued the offensive pressure two minutes later. Henderson's try for the top shelf sailed high, and Sullivan's bullet from the left sailed just wide of the far post.
After USM sent a free kick into the wall, Jordan Wagner's 79th-minute shot from the left deflected off the crossbar.
Henderson had the first good look at goal in overtime, but she was unable to angle the header past Vanderboegh.
Vanderboegh pushed the match to a second overtime as she stopped a Madison McKee on-target header in the 100th minute.
Just as they did in the inaugural overtime, the Dawgs came out firing in the final stanza. Dana Forbes had a breakaway opportunity 30 seconds in, but Vanderboegh once again came up with a diving stab.
Seconds later McKee fired a ball from range, but Vanderboegh once again came up with the big save, knocking the ball away from the goal.
After playing three overtime matches in five days, the Bulldogs take two days off before hosting Troy in the non-conference finale at 7 p.m. Friday. Admission to all matches at the MSU Soccer Field is free.