1982 held at at Reaves Park in Norman, Oklahoma on May 20-23.
Champion – Texas A&M Aggies (77-8)
Runner Up – Oklahoma State Cowgirls
The 1982 AIAW Women’s College World Series was held from May 20 through May 25 in Norman, Oklahoma. The final two games were postponed by rain for two days.
Twelve Division I college softball teams met in what was to become the last AIAW softball tournament of that organization’s history. After playing their way through the regular season and regional tournaments (and for Oklahoma State, a conference tournament), the 12 advancing teams met for the AIAW Division I college softball championship.
Days later, Oklahoma State went on to participate also in the NCAA WCWS tournament in Omaha. In 1982, the Division I softball tournaments of both the AIAW and the NCAA were called “Women’s College World Series.” That moniker has been used for the annual topmost-level collegiate women’s softball tournaments since the first one in 1969.
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.
Texas A&M, Utah, Michigan and California were the top four seeds.
Top-seeded Texas A&M lost its opener in an 8-inning perfect game by USIU pitcher Jenny Stallard. But the Aggies battled back through the losers’ bracket to claim the title by defeating Oklahoma State, who was unbeaten in the tournament to that point, twice in the championship final.
In the deciding “if-necessary” game, the Aggies went to bat in the last regulation inning trailing the Cowgirls by one run. A double and an outfield error scored the tying run for A&M, who went on to score twice in the extra inning for the 5-3 victory.
Texas A&M compiled a record of 7-1 in the tournament to become the first Texas A&M women’s varsity team to win a national championship.
- MVP – N/A
- Batting Champion – N/A
- HR Champion – N/A
1982 ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM
P – Kim Van Wyk, Cal-State Fullerton
P – Linda Padgett, Central Michigan
C – Kim Fabian, Oklahoma State
1B – Pam Harper, Oklahoma State
2B – Yolanda Arvizu, Utah State
3B – Cathy Heator, Central Michigan
SS – Cindy Lyon, Utah
OF – Pat Stoffel, Western Illinois
OF – Karen Guerrero, Texas A&M
OF – Sue Lewis, Cal-State Fullerton
UTIL – Dot Richardson, UCLA
UTIL – Shari Fisher, California
UTIL – Lori Stoll, Texas A&M
- U.S. International 1 Ohio State 0
- Rhode Island 2 Oklahoma 0
- Central Michigan 7 SW Missouri State 0
- Oklahoma State 7 Western Illinois 0
- U.S. International 1 Texas A&M 0
- Michigan 4 Rhode Island 1
- California 5 Central Michigan 0
- Oklahoma State 2 Utah 0
- Texas A&M 2 SW Missouri State 0 (SW Missouri State eliminated)
- Western Illinois 2 Rhode Island 1 (Rhode Island eliminated)
- Central Michigan 1 Ohio State 0 (Ohio State eliminated)
- Oklahoma 4 Utah 2 (Utah eliminated)
- Texas A&M 1 Western Illinois 0 (Western eliminated)
- Central Michigan 3 Oklahoma 1 (Oklahoma eliminated)
- Michigan 2 U.S. International 1
- Oklahoma State 3 California 0
- Central Michigan 1 U.S. International 0 (U.S. International eliminated)
- Texas A&M 5 California 0 (California eliminated)
- Oklahoma State 2 Michigan 1
- Texas A&M 2 Central Michigan 0 (Central Michigan eliminated)
- Texas A&M 5 Michigan 0 (Michigan eliminated)
- Texas A&M 4 Oklahoma State 1
- Texas A&M 5 Oklahoma State 3 (Oklahoma State eliminated)
1. Texas A&M Aggies (7-1)
2. Oklahoma State Cowgirls (4-2)
3. Michigan Wolverines (2-2)
4. Central Michigan Chippewas (4-2)
5t. U.S. International Gulls (2-2)
5t. Oklahoma Sooners (1-2)
7t. California Bears (1-2)
7t. Rhode Island Rams (1-2)
9t. Western Illinois Leathernecks (1-2)
9t. Ohio State Buckeyes (0-2)
9t. Utah Runnin Utes (0-2)
9t. SW Missouri State Bears (0-2)