Columbus, GA - Jessie Armstrong pitched a five-hit shutout and Katie Speaks homered as Carson-Newman stayed alive with a 2-0 shutout over Coker in day two of the 2007 Division II Softball South Atlantic Regional at South Commons Stadium.  Coker ended its season with a 38-12 record.

Armstrong and Coker starter Somer Bigham were locked in a pitcher's duel through the first four innings of play.  Armstrong limited Coker to three hits and Bigham scattered three hits as she pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the second when she got Hillary Hammond to line-out to third base.

The Eagles scored the game's only two runs in the fifth inning.  Katie Speaks launched her second homer of the regional with a shot to right center to give CNC a 1-0 lead.  Whitney Hickam and Mandy Stevens both singled to put runners at first and second.  Sara Little then stepped up and delivered a run-scoring double to make the score 2-0.  Shelly Catlett relieved Bigham and escaped further damage with a pop-out and a strike out.

Jessie Armstrong (15-9) scattered five hits, walked one, and struck out two in the complete-game effort.  Bigham got the loss for the Cobras.

Whitney Hickam went 2-for-3 for Carson-Newman.  Julia Nelson-Abbott went 2-for-3 for Coker.

Carson-Newman (35-15) faces the loser of tonight's game between Armstrong Atlantic State and Georgia College & State tomorrow morning at 11 AM at South Commons Stadium.

 

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