May 30, 1980 - June 6, 1980 • Rosenblatt Stadium, Omaha, Nebraska • Attendance: 95,406
Arizona coach Jerry Kindall cited aggressiveness on the bases as a key in his team's 5-3 championship-clinching victory.
He said the Wildcats' sixth-inning run — a by-product of Dwight Taylor's steal of second — helped secure the victory over Hawaii.
The second-ranked Wildcats, by beating No. 5 Hawaii, became the eighth team in CWS history to win the title after losing in the first round. Other teams to win the championship after losing their opener were Texas, 1950; Southern California, 1958, 1963, and 1970; Arizona State, 1969; and Cal State Fullerton in 1979.
Wes Clements, Arizona, 1b, Sr.
Paul Hundhammer, Miami (Fla.), 2b, Sr.
Kimo Perkins, Hawaii, 3b, Jr.
Eric Tokunaga, Hawaii, ss, Jr.
Terry Francona, Arizona, lf, Jr.
Lyle Brackenridge, California, cf, Sr.
Jim Paciorek, Michigan, rf, So.
Collin Tanabe, Hawaii, c, Jr.
Paul Maruffi, St. John's (N.Y.), dh, Jr.
Craig Lefferts, Arizona, p, Sr.
Greg Barger, Arizona, p, Jr.