NASHPORT, Ohio -- The Ball State women's golf team dropped two positions Sunday to finish in fourth place at the 2013 Mid-American Conference Championship.
The Cardinals entered the final 18 holes in second place but closed with a score of 329 on a wet and cloudy day at Longaberger Golf Club.
Kent State pulled away Sunday for its 15th straight MAC title, finishing with a 54-hole total of 909 (+45).
Toledo matched the Golden Flashes for the low score of the day with a 308. The Rockets and Eastern Michigan moved just ahead of Ball State to tie for second place at 937 for the tournament. The Cardinals finished at 941.
Ball State's Jenna Hague tied for fourth individually in her attempt to defend the MAC title she won a year ago. The sophomore from Ontario entered the final round tied atop the leaderboard before dropping back with an 82 to finish at 14-over 230 for the tournament.
Kent State's Jennifer Ha shared the lead with Hague entering play on Sunday and closed with a 74 on her way to medalist honors. Ha finished at 6-over 222, winning by three shots over Toledo's Sathika Ruenreong. Josee Doyon of Kent State was third at 11-over.
Hague joined those three golfers along with Melissa Beurmann of Western Michigan on the all-tournament team.
After Ball State finished strong in the second round to keep its championship hopes alive, the Cardinals struggled to get things going on Sunday.
Autumn Duke was the second Cardinal on the final leaderboard, finishing in 13th place after a final-round 84. The senior from Fishers, Ind., ended with a three-round total of 235.
Sarah Westaway tied for 18th place at 239 for the tournament. She had the low round for Ball State for the second straight day with an 81 on Sunday.
Meghan Perry, who won The 2012 Preview at Longaberger during the fall season, tied with teammate Zoe Camus tied for 22nd to round out the Ball State lineup. Perry carded an 82 in the final round, while Camus, a senior from France, shot an 84.The Cardinals' fourth place finish as a team snapped a streak of three straight years in the top 3 at the event. Still, Ball State turned in one its most successful seasons ever, matching a program record with four tournament titles throughout the year.