LERMONT, Fla. — Colby College pitcher Julia Saul took a perfect game into the sixth inning before settling for a one-hit shutout to lift the Mules to a 2-0 non-conference softball win over Union College on Thursday.
The Mules scored five runs in the top of the seventh inning to tie Calvin College in a 9-8 loss in eight innings in the second game of the day. The Mules are 4-4 on their Florida trip and have splits of doubleheaders all four days of competition. Colby closes out the trip with a 9 a.m. game against Elmhurst and a 2 p.m. contest with New Paltz on Friday.
Saul went seven innings, had three strikeouts, and no walks. With no Colby errors or hit batters, Saul got the first out of the sixth inning and was five outs away from a perfect game. Union, however, went to its bench and pinch-hitter Kelsey Hartsoe doubled. Saul did get the next five outs to earn her complete game.
Katie McLaughlin had two of Colby’s five hits and scored both runs against Union (2-8). Robin Spofford and Grace Farnkoff each had one hit and one RBI, while Kathleen Mason had the other single.
With one out in the third, McLaughlin singled and moved to second on Spofford’s sacrifice bunt. Grace Farnkoff followed with a single to drive in the game-winning run.
McLaughlin led off the fifth inning with a double and scored on Spofford’s single.