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