May 22, 2004
WACO, Texas-Baylor was unable to rebound from a hard fought loss to third-ranked LSU as the Lady Bears were eliminated from the NCAA Softball Championships with a 4-0 loss at the hands of Illinois in action at Getterman Stadium. The loss concludes the Lady Bears history making season as Baylor ends the season with a school best 48-17 record.
Illinois jumped on the Lady Bears with four runs in the third inning as Jenna Hall provided the key hit with her three run blast off of Baylor starter Lisa Ferguson.
Baylor was unable to mount any rally the rest of the way, as Illini starting pitcher Amanda Fortune tossed a complete-game shutout, allowing only four hits in seven innings of work.
Ferguson took the loss for the Lady Bears, allowing three earned runs on five hits to finish the season at 16-8.
The loss marked the end of a historic season for the Lady Bears, as the 2004 squad became the first Baylor team in school history to make the NCAA tournament. The team also established new school records for wins, conference wins and achieved the highest ranking in school history (19).
Danelle Arnold, Amber Daniel, Katie Decker and Kelly Levesque played their final game in a Baylor uniform as the four seniors closed out their respective careers.
With the win, Illinois advances to the regional final against top-seeded LSU. The Tigers defeated the Illini earlier in the tournament as LSU will have to win only one of two games to advance to the Women's College World Series.