1980 Women's College World Series

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The 1980 Women's College World Series (WCWS) was held in Norman, Oklahoma on May 22–25, the first time it was played at a location other than Omaha, Nebraska, where it had been held for its first 11 years. Sixteen fastpitch softball teams emerged from regional tournaments to meet in the AIAW national collegiate softball championship.[1]


The 1980 season was the first time that AIAW softball competition was split into three divisions (I, II and III) with each conducting its own championship tournament. The Division I double-elimination tournament included these teams:

  • Cal Poly–Pomona
  • Cal State–Fullerton
  • California
  • Creighton
  • Indiana
  • Massachusetts
  • New Mexico
  • Oklahoma
  • Oklahoma State
  • Oregon
  • South Carolina
  • Southwest Missouri State
  • Texas A&M
  • Utah State
  • Western Illinois
  • Western Michigan

The Utah State Aggies, behind the pitching of Mary Lou Ramm, won its first national championship, emerging from the losers' bracket to defeat Indiana with 1–0 and 2–1 wins in the final. Ramm was named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament.[1] Utah State's only loss had been to Indiana in the fourth round, forcing the Aggies to defeat top-seeded Texas A&M in order to again face the Hoosiers in the final.


Upper round 1Upper round 2Upper round 3Upper finalFinal
Texas A&M1
Southwest Missouri State0
Texas A&M0
South Carolina2
Oklahoma State0
Oklahoma State5
Western Michigan4
Oklahoma State1
Cal Poly–Pomona0
New Mexico1
Cal Poly–Pomona3
Utah State2
Utah State5
Utah State4
Utah State2
Western Illinois0
Western Illinois1
Western Illinois2Indiana01
Cal State–Fullerton0Utah State12
Cal State–Fullerton5
Lower round 1Lower round 2Lower round 3Lower round 4Lower round 5Lower final
Oklahoma State0
Southwest Missouri State4Southwest Missouri State1
Oregon0Western Michigan1
South Carolina0
Western Michigan1Utah State1
Cal State–Fullerton2
Western Michigan0Texas A&M0
Western Michigan1Western Michigan3
Texas A&M1
New Mexico0
Texas A&M1
Western Illinois0
Texas A&M3Texas A&M2
Cal Poly–Pomona2
Cal Poly–Pomona3



Place School WCWS Record
1st Utah State 6-1
2nd Indiana 4-2
3rd Texas A&M 5-2
4th Western Michigan 4-2
5th Oklahoma State 2-2
Western Illinois 2-2
7th Oregon 2-2
Cal Poly–Pomona 2-2
9th Cal State–Fullerton 1-2
California 1-2
Creighton 1-2
Southwest Missouri State 1-2
13th South Carolina 0-2
New Mexico 0-2
Massachusetts 0-2
Oklahoma 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. ^ "College Softball AIAW World Series". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. St. Louis, Missouri. May 24, 1980. p. 6A. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  3. ^ "Softball". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. St. Louis, Missouri. May 27, 1980. p. 9A. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  4. ^ "Softball". Chicago Tribune. Chicago, Illinois. May 23, 1980. p. 6 (S4). Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  5. ^ "College Softball". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, California. May 25, 1980. p. III-17. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  6. ^ "College Softball Series Set". Detroit Free Press. Detroit, Michigan. May 22, 1980. p. 8D. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  7. ^ Oregon Softball 2015 Media Guide. Eugene, Oregon: University of Oregon. 2015. p. 42. Retrieved March 5, 2017.