Losing five player's from last season's squad, the Trevecca Trojan softball team entered the 2004 season with high expectations. After claiming an NAIA Region XI bid last season and winning over 60 games in the past two seasons, Trevecca Head Coach Angela Sullivan looked to continue the Trojan's dominant role in the TranSouth Conference. With eight new players on the squad Coach Sullivan, along with Assistant Coach Michelle Gaertner and Graduate Assistant Jennifer Arnold, set out to introduce a new Trojan team to the NAIA.
Seven games into the season, the new Trevecca ball club boasted a record of 7-0 outscoring their early season opponents 47-16. The Trojans wrapped up the pre-conference schedule with an overall record of 9-1 and prepared to face one of the toughest conferences in the NAIA.
TranSouth Conference play began slowly for the Lady Trojans as Trevecca lost their first three conference games. A 2-0 win over NAIA No. 17 Martin Methodist College started a Trojan three game conference win streak before falling to NAIA No. 5 Union University is a doubleheader sweep. Despite the loss to Union, Trevecca went on to win their next 11 of 12 games including a 1-0 revenge win over Union University at Trojan Field. Trevecca wrapped up conference play winning their final four out of six conference games for a final regular season conference record of 11-9.
The Trojans' 11-9 conference record placed Trevecca fourth in the TranSouth Conference regular season standings and Trevecca entered the conference tournament as the number four seed.
Trevecca advanced in the first round of the TranSouth Conference Tournament with a 1-0 win over Freed-Hardeman University but was sent to the loser's bracket with a 1-2 loss to NAIA No. 9 Union University in a 12 inning marathon loss. The Trojans were finally eliminated from the conference with a 0-3 loss to NAIA No. 24 Martin Methodist College.
Trevecca left the TranSouth Conference Tournament with more than a few pieces of hardware as Trojan Head Coach Angela Sullivan was named the TranSouth Conference Coach of the Year. Charli Duff was named TranSouth Conference Pitcher of the Year, while Freshman Ashley McCool was named TranSouth Conference Newcomer of the Year. McCool and Duff joined Jami Toomey and Rone' Phelps on the All-TranSouth First Team while Brandy Miller was named to the All-TranSouth Second Team. Phelps and Toomey also joined Meredith Watkins, Hollie Shane, and Lindsey Howard on the TranSouth All-Academic Team.
In the Region XI Tournament, Trevecca entered as the number six seed in the six team tournament, but left the first round with an upset win over third seeded Martin Methodist College. The Trojans were sent to the loser's bracket in the next round with a loss to Union University then were eliminated from the Region XI Tournament with a loss to fifth seeded Georgetown College. The loss ended Trevecca's softball season with a final overall record of 29-17.
Over the course of the season, Trojan ace Charli Duff was named TranSouth Conference Pitcher of the Week five times and NAIA Region XI Pitcher of the Week three times, both school records. Duff also earned NAIA Pitcher of the Week honors while Ashley McCool earned TranSouth Conference Player of the Week honors.
Duff, in her first season with the Trojans, broke a school record with 191 strikeouts in one season and is on pace to break the season ERA record. Hollie Shane, in her third season with Trevecca, now holds the school record with 234 career strikeouts.
Several Trojans earned national and regional recognition as Rone' Phelps and Jami Toomey were named to the NAIA Region XI Second Team while Charli Duff and Ashley McCool earned NAIA All-Region XI First Team honors. Duff also was named the NAIA Region XI Pitcher of the Year and was named to the NAIA All-American First Team. NAIA Academic All-American honors were given to Jami Toomey and Rone' Phelps. Meredith Watkins, Rone' Phelps, Jami Toomey, Hollie Shane, and Lindsey Howard were named to the TranSouth All-Academic team.