1982 NCAA Division I softball tournament

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1982 NCAA Division I
softball tournament
Finals site
ChampionsUCLA (1st NCAA (2nd overall) WCWS title)
Runner-upFresno State (1st WCWS Appearance)
Winning coachSharron Backus (1st NCAA (2nd overall) WCWS title)

The finals of the 1982 NCAA Division I softball tournament were held from May 27 through May 30.[1] 16 Division I college softball teams met in the NCAA tournament's first round at campus sites. After having played their way through the regular season and first round (and for Oklahoma State, a conference tournament, an AIAW regional title and double losses to Texas A&M in the AIAW Women's College World Series final on May 25), the eight advancing teams played in the NCAA Women's College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. UCLA won the title. Historian Bill Plummer III wrote, "With their 77-8 season record, Texas A&M could have been a contender in Omaha − maybe even the top seed − against perennial softball powers like UCLA and Fresno State. The Aggies had been invited to the NCAA's first national tournament, but chose not to go. A&M coach Bob Brock had high respect for the eleven-year-old AIAW, even as the NCAA began to overshadow it. Out of a sense of loyalty to the AIAW, Brock said, his school chose the 1982 Norman championship over the NCAA's first in Omaha."[2]: 63 


Women's College World Series[edit]


These eight teams met at Seymour Smith Park to decide the 1982 NCAA Division I Softball Championship:


Upper round 1Upper round 2Upper finalSemifinalsFinal
Arizona State29
Cal State Fullerton0
Arizona State2
Arizona State0
Oklahoma State1
UCLA1Cal State Fullerton0
Western Michigan0
Fresno State0
Western Michigan5
Lower round 1Lower round 2Fresno State0
Western Michigan0
Cal State Fullerton48Cal State Fullerton18
Arizona State1
Fresno State4
Oklahoma State0Fresno State1
Fresno State114

Championship Game[edit]


School Top Batter Stats.
UCLA Bruins Debbie Hauer (1B) 0-3 RBI 2Ks
Fresno State Bulldogs Sandi Taylor (2B) 1-2 BB
School Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO AB BF
UCLA Bruins Debbie Doom (W) 8.0 2 0 0 1 12 26 27
Fresno State Bulldogs Wende Ward (L) 8.0 1 2 1 4 8 24 28

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "NCAA Championship Archives, 1982 Softball Women's Division I". Archived from the original on May 27, 2014. Retrieved May 26, 2014.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ "Cowgirls Lose 2-1 to Bruins". May 28, 1982. Retrieved May 31, 2014.
  4. ^ "1982 Women's Division I Softball College World Series Game 14". Ncaa.org. Archived from the original on May 28, 2014. Retrieved June 8, 2018.