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Higgs has record year with Iona

July 09, 2004|by LARRY YANOS

larryy@herald-mail.com

Alison Higgs enjoyed another banner season with the Iona College softball team.

The former South Hagerstown High School standout athlete, who was The Herald-Mail Softball Player of the Year in 2001, was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Year after rewriting the softball record book at the New Jersey school.

She also was selected to the All-Northeast Region Second Team as a utility player and was a member of the New York Lottery All-Academic Team - indicating a grade point average over 3.5.

"I'm real happy at Iona," Higgs said. "I looked at some other schools as a senior at South, but Iona was the perfect fit, the perfect situation."

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Higgs started 31 games on the mound this season while also seeing action in the outfield and as a designated hitter.

"We play a 10- to 15-game fall schedule and a regular spring schedule," Higgs said. "Last fall, I hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning and we beat Connecticut, 2-0. This spring in Florida, I threw a no-hitter against Bethune-Cookman but we lost, 1-0."

Higgs batted .400 for the Gaels with a team- and career-best eight home runs and 23 RBI. On the mound, she registered a school-record 22-9 mark with a 1.37 ERA and 173 strikeouts in 219 1/3 innings of work.

This season, Higgs became just the third player in school history to bat .400 in a single season. She now holds Iona's single-season records in at-bats (150) and hits (60), shares the single-season home run record (8) and is second in runs scored in one season (34).

Higgs shattered virtually every pitching record for the Division I school. She set new standards in appearances (38), games started (30), complete games (30), innings pitched (219 1/3), wins (22), saves (2), shutouts (6) and strikeouts (173).

Iona finished the regular season with a 26-20 record and just missed the conference tournament.

"We had a tough schedule and our coach said it will be even tougher next season," Higgs said. "She said we'll be fortunate to break .500 because we'll face such a tough schedule."

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