BC softball team off to 5-3 start

By Tim Stried, SID
March 13, 2000

The 2000 softball season began in Kissimmee, Florida last week for the Bluffton College softball team, which won five out of eight games at the Rebel Spring Games, just outside Orlando.

BC jumped out to a 5-1 record, including two run-rule victories, before dropping two close games on Thursday. The team took Friday off before traveling back to Ohio on Saturday and Sunday.

Senior Erin Kurtz (Wooster/Smithville HS) fashioned a 2-2 pitching record during the week, as she collected 25 strikeouts in 25 innings of work and allowed just four earned runs for a 1.44 ERA. She shutout Ursinus College in the first game of the tournament 2-0, a game in which she struck out 10 batters.

Junior Heather Thornton (Mansfield/Ontario HS) knocked in both BC runs in the Ursinus game with a single in the sixth inning.

The Monday nightcap saw BC clobber Alfred 12-2. Juniors Amy Aschemeier (Napoleon) and Bree Wood (Wauseon), along with Thornton all collected two hits, while sophomore Emily Kurtz (Wooster/Smithville HS) struck out six hitters in picking up the victory.

Muhlenberg College handed Bluffton a 4-0 loss in the first game on Tuesday as Thornton notched the lone BC hit. Erin Kurtz suffered the mound defeat, picking up five strikeouts. BC came back to take a 2-1 win from Lake Forest College in the second game Tuesday as Emily Kurtz held the Foresters to just two hits. Erin Kurtz, junior Erin Cook (Tiffin/Calvert HS) and Wood all had two hits.

Wednesday's action saw Bluffton take two wins, first over Haverford 10-2 followed by a 1-0 extra-inning victory over Hiram. Aschemeier and Wood both poked two hits in the Haverford game, while freshman Anna Steiner (Bluffton) smacked a double and knocked in three runs.

The Hiram game was decided by international tie-breaking rules in the eighth inning, as BC pinch runner Melanie Erford (Continental/Paulding HS) scored the winning run off an infield safety by Cook and back-to-back walks by Steiner and freshman Melissa Alexander (Norwalk).

Mount Union College dealt the Beavers a 2-0 loss in the first game on Friday. Emily Kurtz struck out five while Wood, Aschemeier, Cook and freshman Melissa Neal (Okeana/Ross Senior HS) all had singles.

In the final game, a run in the seventh inning handed Montclair College a 3-2 victory over BC. Wood and Aschemeier both collected singles and an RBI each, while Erin Kurtz struck out five in the loss.

Bluffton will be competing in the Indy Classic this weekend. The Beavers will travel to Wilmington College on Tuesday before hosting Franklin College on Saturday, March 25 at 1:00.