1979 Women's College World Series

The 1979 AIAW Women's College World Series (WCWS) was held in Omaha, Nebraska on May 24–27. Sixteen fastpitch softball teams emerged from regional tournaments to meet in the national collegiate softball championship.[1]

Teams edit

The double-elimination tournament included these teams:

  • Arizona
  • Arizona State
  • Cal Poly–Pomona
  • Chapman College (California)
  • Emporia State (Kansas)
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Nebraska–Omaha
  • Northern Colorado
  • Oregon State
  • Rutgers (New Jersey)
  • South Carolina
  • Texas A&M
  • Texas Woman's
  • UCLA
  • Western Illinois

Texas Woman's University, newly named the Pioneers in February after years as the Tessies, won its first national championship behind the pitching of Kathy Arendsen, emerging from the losers' bracket to defeat defending champion UCLA with a pair of 1–0 wins in the final. On the final day, Arendsen pitched all 21 innings in three games. UCLA pitchers had posted shutouts in all of its games until the finals, a streak of nine games over two WCWS.[1]

Bracket edit

Upper round 1Upper round 2Upper round 3Upper finalFinal
Cal Poly–Pomona6
Cal Poly–Pomona1
Western Illinois0
Western Illinois4
Emporia State0
Cal Poly–Pomona1
Texas Woman's0
Arizona State2
Oregon State0
Arizona State0
Texas Woman's1(18)
Texas Woman's4
South Carolina2
Cal Poly–Pomona0
Texas A&M0
Northern Colorado0
Chapman College1
Northern Colorado4Texas Woman's11
Northern Colorado3(11)
Lower round 1Lower round 2Lower round 3Lower round 4Lower round 5Lower final
Texas Woman's2(11)
Emporia State3
Oregon State1Cal Poly–Pomona0
Texas Woman's1Texas Woman's2[a]
Oregon State1(8)Oregon State1
Northern Colorado0
South Carolina0
Arizona State0
Northern Colorado2
Arizona2Texas A&M2
Texas A&M4Texas A&M0
Texas A&M6
Western Illinois2
Western Illinois3
Chapman College0Rutgers2


  1. ^ no-hitter

Ranking edit

Place School WCWS Record
1st Texas Woman's 7-1
2nd UCLA 4-2
3rd Cal Poly–Pomona 3-2
4th Northern Colorado 3-2
5th Indiana 3-2
Texas A&M 3-2
7th Oregon State 2-2
Western Illinois 2-2
9th Arizona State 1-2
Rutgers 1-2
Kansas 1-2
Nebraska–Omaha 1-2
13th Chapman College 0-2
Emporia State 0-2
Arizona 0-2
South Carolina 0-2

See also edit

References 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. ^ "aiaw/asa women's college world series" (PDF). Eastern Kentucky University - Special Collections and Archives. May 29, 1979. p. 4-28. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-03-08. Retrieved 2017-02-25.