News from MSU Media Relations--July 22

The lastest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...Softball and Football.

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State head coach Jay Miller guided the United States Women's National Team, which includes Bulldog senior Chelsea Bramlett, to a third World Cup championship Monday night with a 3-1 win against Australia at Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.

The U.S. got all three runs in the bottom of the third. Lauren Lappin led off the inning with a home run, and Ashley Hansen followed with a double to left field. A Caitlin Lowe ground-out advanced Hansen to third, and she scored on Alissa Haber's RBI single up the middle.

After a pair of walks loaded the bases, the United States plated the final run on an Andrea Duran base hit to center field.

Australia answered in the top of the fourth as Stacey Porter homered off U.S. starter Monica Abbott. Abbott picked up the win as she allowed the lone run on four hits with 11 strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings.

Cat Osterman threw the final 1 2/3 innings, allowing just a walk while striking out three to earn the save. Australia put the tying run on base in both the sixth and seventh innings, but Osterman worked out of each jam to preserve the U.S. squad's perfect run.

Miller's team added the World Cup title to the Canada Cup championship it captured a week earlier, and finished 18-0 during the two-week trek.

The Bulldog head coach heads to the Japan Cup (July 28-Aug. 3) with a United States squad that includes former MSU all-American Courtney Bures. He will re-join Bramlett in Maracay, Venezuela, Aug. 4-11 for the Pan Am Qualifier.

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State football great Tyrone Keys will be inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame during the 47th Annual BancorpSouth Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame Induction Banquet July 31 in Jackson.

Tickets, $100 each, are now on sale for the event and are good for admission to the pre-banquet receptions for each inductee as well as the banquet itself. Tickets can be purchased over the phone at 800-280-FAME (3263).

Keys lettered four seasons (1977-80) for Mississippi State and was inducted into the MSU Sports Hall of Fame in 2002. A second-team all-Southeastern Conference selection by the Associated Press three times (1978-80), he was a member of State's 1980 football team which went 9-3 overall, upset top-ranked Alabama 6-3 in Jackson, and earned a bid to the 1980 Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas. He ranks second all-time at MSU in quarterback sacks with 26 and was State's sacks leader in both 1979 and 1980.

A fifth-round National Football League draft pick by the New York Jets in 1981, Keys started his professional career with the CFL's British Columbia Lions (1981-83) before playing six seasons in the NFL with three different teams - the Chicago Bears (1983-85), the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1986-87) and the San Diego Chargers (1988). He was a member of the NFL Super Bowl XX Champion Chicago Bears.

In 1992, Keys founded All Sports Community Service, a non-profit organization based in Tampa, Fla., designed to offer challenged youth the opportunity to determine their own destiny through scholastic achievement, community service and sports. The program has sent more than 1,000 kids to college. For his efforts, he received the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unsung Hero Award in 2003, the National Football Foundation & Hall of Fame's Distinguished Citizen Award in 2003, and was recognized for his community service efforts by President George W. Bush.

The six members of the Class of 2009 are Keys, former USM football coaches Jeff Bower and Jim Carmody, and college and pro great Hugh Green. Senior PGA tournament director Robert Morgan and all-time Ole Miss' men's basketball scoring leader John Stroud complete the class.

The induction banquet on Friday night July 31, 2009 highlights a weekend of activities that conclude Saturday night August 1, 2009 with the Drawdown of Champions co-sponsored by Puckett Machinery and the law firm of Wells, Moore, Simmons and Hubbard.

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