BC splits with HCAC leader Anderson

April 27, 2000

Game 1 Box Score   |    Game 2 Box Score

It was a rematch of the 1999 Heartland Conference championship Thursday afternoon at Bluffton College's Marbeck Field in NCAA softball action, and Bluffton and Anderson University showed that both schools will likely contend for the HCAC championship again in 2000. The Ravens and Beavers, ranked #1 and #3 in the HCAC, respectively, split a double header, as BC took the first game 4-0 and AU won the nightcap 9-6.

Bluffton's Erin Kurtz (Wooster/Smithville) took a no-hitter into the seventh inning in the first game and went on to complete a one-hit shutout in a 4-0 BC victory. The senior hurler allowed just three base runners the entire game and struck out ten Ravens in picking up her 11th win of the year and the 37th of her career, topping her own school record. Kurtz now has struck out 121 batters on the season, also a school record.

BC's Anna Steiner (Bluffton) and Bree Wood (Wauseon) each collected two hits, while Wood added two RBI.

In game two, Anderson produced seven runs in the third and fourth inning then held on for a 9-6 win to remain in first place in the HCAC standings. The Ravens cranked out 12 hits, including a homer and double by Amanda Bontrager and three hits from DeAnn Edge.

Bluffton's Amy Aschemeier (Napoleon) led BC with two singles while Erin Cook (Tiffin/Calvert) added a double and two RBI.

Bluffton's regular season will conclude on Tuesday with a 3:30 p.m. double header at home against Heidelberg College before beginning play in the Heartland Conference Tournament on May 5 where the Beavers will aim to defend their 1999 HCAC Tournament Championship.