1988 NCAA Division I softball tournament

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1988 NCAA Division I
softball tournament
Finals site
ChampionsUCLA (4th (5th overall) title)
Runner-upFresno State (4th WCWS Appearance)
Winning coachSharron Backus (4th (5th overall) title)

The 1988 NCAA Division I softball tournament was the seventh annual tournament to determine the national champion of NCAA women's collegiate softball. Held during May 1988, twenty Division I college softball teams contested the championship, an expansion of four teams from the previous year. The tournament featured eight regionals of either two or three teams. The regions of two teams consisted of a simple best-of-three series whereas the regions of three teams consisted of a double elimination tournament of four or five games. The 1988 Women's College World Series was held in Sunnyvale, California from May 25 through May 29 and marked the conclusion of the 1988 NCAA Division I softball season. UCLA won the championship by defeating Fresno State 3–0 in the final game.[1][2]

The 1988 event was the first WCWS played in Sunnyvale.



Women's College World Series[edit]


Game results[edit]


Upper round 1Upper round 2Upper finalSemifinalsFinal
Northern Illinois0
Fresno State1
Fresno State3
Texas A&M0
Arizona4Cal Poly Pomona1
Cal State Pomona1
Cal Poly Pomona3
Lower round 1Lower round 2Fresno State20
Cal Poly Pomona1
Northern Illinois0Texas A&M0
Texas A&M3
Fresno State4
Fresno State19

Game log[edit]

Date Game Winning team Score Losing team Notes
May 20 Game 1 UCLA 1–0 Northern Illinois
Game 2 Fresno State 3–0 Texas A&M
May 21 Game 3 Arizona 1–0 Adelphi
Game 4 Cal Poly Pomona 3–0 Nebraska
May 22 Game 5 Texas A&M 3–0 Northern Illinois Northern Illinois eliminated
Game 6 Nebraska 5–1 Adelphi Adelphi eliminated
Game 7 UCLA 6–1 Fresno State
Game 8 Arizona 4–1 Cal Poly Pomona
May 23 Game 9 Fresno State 1–09 Nebraska Nebraska eliminated
Game 10 Cal Poly Pomona 1–0 Texas A&M Texas A&M eliminated
Game 11 UCLA 5–0 Arizona
Game 12 Fresno State 4–0 Arizona Arizona eliminated
Game 13 UCLA 4–1 Cal Poly Pomona Cal Poly Pomona eliminated
May 24 Game 14 Fresno State 2–1 UCLA
Game 15 UCLA 3–0 Fresno State UCLA wins WCWS

Championship Game[edit]


School Top Batter Stats.
UCLA Bruins Janice Parks (3B) 2-2 2RBIs 2B BB
Fresno State Bulldogs RaeAnn Pifferini (LF) 2-4
School Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO AB BF
UCLA Bruins Lisa Longaker (W) 7.0 6 0 0 3 3 27 30
Fresno State Bulldogs Carie Dever (L) 7.0 9 3 2 1 3 24 29

All-Tournament Team[edit]

The following players were named to the All-Tournament Team[4]

Pos Name School
P Carie Dever Fresno St.
Lisa Longaker UCLA
C Stacy Sunny UCLA
1B Kerry Dienelt UCLA
2B Missy Phillips UCLA
3B Julie Standering Arizona
SS Heidi Lievens Arizona
OF Shanna Flynn UCLA
Margie Ogrodowicz Nebraska
RaeAnn Pifferini Fresno State
AL Gena Strang Fresno State
Karin Richter Fresno State

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 2014 WCWS Records: 1980s Brackets/Rosters/Stats (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved April 20, 2015.
  2. ^ 2014 WCWS Records: WCWS All-Time Results (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved April 20, 2015.
  3. ^ "1988 Women's Division I Softball College World Series Game 15". Ncaa.org. Archived from the original on June 12, 2018. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  4. ^ 2014 WCWS Records: All-Time Tournament Records and Results (PDF). NCAA. p. 3. Retrieved April 25, 2015.