1978 Women's College World Series

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The 1978 AIAW Women's College World Series (WCWS) was held in Omaha, Nebraska on May 25–28. Sixteen fastpitch softball teams emerged from regional tournaments to meet in the national collegiate softball championship.[1]


The double-elimination tournament included these teams:

  • Arizona State
  • Cal Poly–Pomona
  • Illinois State
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • Nebraska–Omaha
  • Northern Colorado
  • Oregon State
  • Portland State
  • South Carolina
  • Southern Illinois
  • Southwest Missouri State
  • Stephen F. Austin
  • Texas Woman's
  • UCLA
  • Utah State

UCLA won its first national championship by holding all five of its opponents scoreless through the tournament and beating Northern Colorado, 3-0, in the final game.[1] Lady Bruins' center fielder Sue Enquist was named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament.


Upper round 1Upper round 2Upper round 3Upper finalFinal
Southwest Missouri State11
Southwest Missouri State0
Texas Woman's0
Utah State0
Arizona State10
Portland State0
Arizona State0
Utah State2
South Carolina0
Utah State11
Southern Illinois2
Stephen F. Austin1
Southern Illinois2
Cal Poly–Pomona1
Northern Colorado1
Illinois State1
Northern Colorado3Northern Colorado0
Oregon State0
Northern Colorado3
Lower round 1Lower round 2Lower round 3Lower round 4Lower round 5Lower final
Utah State0
Massachusetts0Texas Woman's4
Texas Woman's3Texas Woman's3
Texas Woman's1
Southern Illinois1Minnesota1
Southern Illinois4
Texas Woman's3Northern Colorado3
Portland State10Portland State1
Northern Colorado7
South Carolina7
Arizona State0
Northern Colorado4
Stephen F. Austin1Cal Poly–Pomona1[2]
Cal Poly–Pomona1[2]Cal Poly–Pomona3
Cal Poly–Pomona2
Southwest Missouri State0
Southwest Missouri State1
Illinois State2Oregon State0
Oregon State4


  1. ^ 11 innings


Place School WCWS Record
1st UCLA 5-0
2nd Northern Colorado 5-2
3rd Minnesota 3-2
4th Texas Woman's 4-2
5th Cal Poly–Pomona 3-2
Utah State 2-2
7th Southern Illinois 2-2
Southwest Missouri State 2-2
9th Arizona State 1-2
Oregon State 1-2
Portland State 1-2
Nebraska–Omaha 1-2
13th Illinois State 0-2
Massachusetts 0-2
Stephen F. Austin 0-2
South Carolina 0-2

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Plummer III, William; Floyd, Larry C. (2013). A Series Of Their Own: History Of The Women's College World Series. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States: Turnkey Communications Inc. ISBN 978-0-9893007-0-4.
  2. ^ a b "UCLA Stays Unbeaten". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, California. 28 May 1978. p. III-5. Retrieved 2017-03-03.
  3. ^ "AIAW/ASA 1978 Women's College World Series Standings/Results" (PDF). Eastern Kentucky University - Special Collections and Archives. p. 46-47. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-03-08. Retrieved 2017-02-25.