Three Beavers earn All-HCAC honors, Erin Kurtz named HCAC MVP

May 11, 2000

Senior Erin Kurtz (Wooster/Smithville) has been named the 2000 Heartland Conference softball Most Valuable Player, according to voting occurring on Tuesday, May 9 by the HCAC softball coaches. Joining Kurtz on the All-HCAC first team were juniors Heather Thornton (Mansfield/Ontario) and Bree Wood (Wauseon).

In HCAC games, Kurtz led the HCAC in batting (.500), on base percentage (.545), ERA (0.56), opposing team's batting average (.145), and batters struck out (72). She was also second in pitching victories with 6 as she helped BC to a 9-5 league record, good for a second place tie in the HCAC.

Thornton hit .342 with a team-high 41 hits and 19 RBI. She added eight doubles and started all 36 games in center field. Wood batted .320 with a team-high three triples and a .433 slugging percentage to go along with 18 RBI.

In season accumulative statistics, Kurtz fashioned a 12-5 pitching record with a 1.34 ERA and 133 strikeouts. Her win total matched her own BC record, while her ERA and strikeout numbers are both new school records. Her .391 batting average led the team, as did her .425 on base percentage.

Kurtz established several career records this season, as well. Her 365 strikeouts, 38 wins and 416.2 innings pitched all top records previously held by Crissi (Leupp) Winters '95.