BC splits three double headers, remain 2nd in HCAC

By Tim Stried, SID
April 25, 2000

Splitting three straight Heartland Conference double headers, the Bluffton College softball squad remains in second place in the HCAC as the regular season winds down and the Beavers aim to defend their HCAC Tournament title.

Twin bills with Mount St. Joseph, Hanover and Defiance all resulted in Bluffton winning the opening game, yet coming up just a little short in the nightcap.

All three of those victories were claimed by senior pitcher Erin Kurtz, which gives her 35 wins in her career at BC, a new school record topping the old mark of 34 set by Crissi (Leupp) Winters '95.

On April 12 Bluffton topped Mount St. Joseph 2-1 as Erin Cook smacked two hits and had the game-winning RBI. Kurtz struck out ten in picking up the win. BC fell 5-2 in the second game despite two hits each from Shelly Wymer and Bree Wood.

A trip to Hanover on April 15 resulted in another game-one victory, this time by a 10-1 final score as Cook, Heather Thornton and Amy Aschemeier all laced two hits each, as did Kurtz who also picked up the win. Hanover claimed the second game 4-0.

BC traveled to Defiance on April 24 and came away with a 3-1 victory in game one in ten innings. Cook and Thornton each collected RBIs in the last inning to give BC the win, as Kurtz struck out 11 and held the Yellow Jackets to just three hits. Defiance took the second game 9-7.

Double headers with Albion and Heidelberg, as well as an HCAC two-game set with Anderson remain on the BC schedule.

Kurtz leads the squad in batting average with a .375 clip, while Cook (.360, 27 hits, 8 2b), Thornton (.329, 26 hits, 6 2b), Wood (.317) and Melissa Neal (.300) are all over the .300 mark.