College Insider: Madison’s Higgins heating up for RMU softball

Madison’s Natalie Higgins (5) gets the out on Miami East’s Kris Bigelow (8) and throws to first base during a Division III district final May 25, 2013, at Tippecanoe Middle School. COX MEDIA FILE PHOTO
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Madison’s Natalie Higgins (5) gets the out on Miami East’s Kris Bigelow (8) and throws to first base during a Division III district final May 25, 2013, at Tippecanoe Middle School. COX MEDIA FILE PHOTO

Freshman shortstop Natalie Higgins is heating up for the Robert Morris University softball team.

The Madison High School graduate is 10-for-21 in the last six games, raising her batting average from .237 to .289. That performance earned her Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week honors for the second time.

Higgins has made 33 starts, collecting five doubles, two home runs, 13 RBIs, 11 runs and three stolen bases for the Colonials, who are 12-23 overall and 5-1 in the NEC.

Robert Morris travels to St. Francis (Pa.) for a 2 p.m. doubleheader Friday.

• Wright State junior Ashley Sharp (Lakota West) pitched a no-hitter in last Saturday’s 8-0 victory at Cleveland State, striking out two and walking one in the six-inning affair.

It’s the first WSU no-hitter since Kim Sycks blanked host Loyola 3-0 on April 18, 1999.

Sharp is 9-9 with a 5.25 earned run average for the Raiders, who are 12-18 overall and 7-2 in the Horizon League.

Wright State will visit Morehead State on Tuesday for a 2 p.m. doubleheader.

Baseball: Sophomore outfielder Austin Cain (Monroe) has made 17 starts and is hitting .319 for Anderson (Ind.). He has three doubles and ranks second on the team with 17 RBIs.

The Ravens are 10-14 overall and 4-7 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. They will host Manchester on Tuesday at 4:15 p.m.

• Senior pitcher Jonathan Banks (Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy) of West Chester Township is 1-1 with a 4.76 earned run average in five starts for Rose-Hulman.

Banks has 22 strikeouts in 22.2 innings for the Fighting Engineers, who stand 9-14 overall and 7-4 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Rose-Hulman will be at home against Franklin on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Women's lacrosse: Junior attacker Taylor Swartz (Fenwick) has 14 goals and two assists in 10 games for Siena Heights, which is 9-5 overall and 5-5 in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference.

The Saints will visit Madonna on Wednesday at 5 p.m.

Men's track & field: Sophomore Tyler Anderson (Lakota East) won the 3,000-meter steeplechase competing for Indiana Wesleyan at Taylor's George Glass Invitational last weekend.

Anderson’s winning time was 10:02.39.

The Wildcats will return to Upland, Ind., on April 21-22 for the Indiana Little State Championship.

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