Debbie Doom (born in 1963) is a former collegiate All-American, right-handed softball pitcher originally from Tempe, Arizona. She played for the UCLA Bruins from 1982-1985 (where she was a three-time National Champion) and the United States' national softball team just prior to the major boom in the sport's popularity both in America and worldwide. She was the singularly most dominant pitcher in softball during her career and was remarkable for her exceptional fastball and her unusual height (6' 5"). She owns numerous records for the Bruins and in the NCAA Division I.
University of California, Los Angeles
UCLA recruited Doom out of Tempe, Arizona, where she played high school ball. She opened her career by breaking and setting school season records for strikeouts and strikeout ratio, the latter of which led the NCAA.
On April 20, 1982, Doom set the single-game strikeout record (now third best) in NCAA history when she stuck out 25 against the Cal State Fullerton Titans. She would match it twice in her career before Michele Granger surpassed her in 1993. On May 15, Doom threw her first perfect game vs. the Wyoming Cowgirls.
The Bruins made the inaugural NCAA Women's College World Series softball tournament and Doom opened her performance with a 13-inning victory over the Oklahoma State Cowgirls on May 27. Doom set the tournament record for single-game strikeouts with 20. On May 29, she won back-to-back games vs. the Western Michigan Broncos (in relief and combining for a perfect game) and Arizona State Sun Devils (striking out 11 in 7 innings, a WCWS record). Doom marched forward with a 10-inning shutout over the Cal State Fullerton Titans in the semifinals to reach the championship game as a freshman. She allowed only two hits in 8 innings as her Bruins downed the Fresno State Bulldogs 2–0 on May 31, thanks to a throwing error and sacrifice fly in the 8th inning. Doom was named to the All-Tournament Team for her 5 wins, 62 strikeout, 41.2 innings pitched efforts.
For her sophomore campaign, Doom was named a National Fastpitch Coaches Association First Team All-American and won honors from the now defunct West Coast Athletic Association (WCAA). She broke her own strikeouts record and again led the NCAA in strikeout ratio. Doom pitched an 11-inning no-hitter on March 7 vs. the Creighton Bluejays.
The UCLA Bruins made it back to the WCWS to defend their title and Doom started off by breaking her own record with 15 strikeouts in regulation over the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters on May 26. The next game, she suffered her first loss to the Cal State Fullerton Titans, who tagged her for 6 earned runs. She responded by besting the South Carolina Gamecocks in 17 innings on May 28. Doom and the Bruins were eliminated by the eventual champions, the Texas A&M Aggies, after 14 innings on May 29.
Doom had a banner year in 1984, being named First Team All-American and winning the Honda Sports Award for softball. She broke her own season records with career best strikeouts, ERA and shutouts totals, the two latter categories being second best for an NCAA season and still remain top-10 all-time. Doom also had a no-hitter and a perfect game to her credit.
From February 25 to April 6, Doom achieved a 102-scoreless-inning streak, which remained tops until Danielle Henderson posted a new record.
Making their third consecutive bid for a national title, Doom gave her team a shutout performance to open that year's WCWS vs. the Utah State Aggies. They suffered an extra-inning loss to the Texas A&M Aggies in their next game. Doom won in relief against the Nebraska Cornhuskers on May 28 and the next day returned the shutout against the Texas A&M Aggies in the semifinals. Doom faced the Aggies for a third time in a finale that lasted 13 innings with the Bruins celebrating a second national championship on May 29. Doom again made the All-Tournament Team.
For a final time with Doom on the mound, the Bruins made the 1985 World Series though Doom lost her first match with the Cal State Fullerton Titans on May 24. The game was notable as Doom surrendered her only career home run to Robin Goodin. Doom rebounded with a shutout over the Nebraska Cornhuskers the next day. With help from Tracy Compton, Doom was able to pitch her third national championship game, a 9-inning win over the Cornhuskers on May 26. She was named to the All-Tournament Team.
At the end of her World Series career, Doom remains the only pitcher to win three NCAA WCWS softball championships. The 1984 championship saw Doom set the ultimate strikeout record for a title game at 15; UCLA Bruin Anjelica Selden would set the record for the three-game format in 2005 with 13; no one has beaten Doom's tally. Overall, she went 13–4 with 178 strikeouts and 7 shutouts and allowed 12 earned runs in 146.1 innings for an 0.57 ERA.
Doom left UCLA atop the lists for career wins, strikeouts, shutouts and innings pitched. She was second in ERA. Currently, she ranks top-10 in all the same categories. In the NCAA Division I, Doom's ERA (which was second) is now third best and her shutouts were the record and now sit inside the top-15 all-time for a career.
In 1997 at age 34, Doom pitched for the Orlando Wahoos (now the Akron Racers) in Women's Pro Fastpitch (now National Pro Fastpitch). She led the league in ERA (0.42) and opponents' batting average (.153) while also placing in the league's top 5 in four other pitching categories. She went 3–0 in the championship series against the Virginia Roadsters and was named series MVP.
On February 15, 2014, UCLA retired her jersey (#17).
- http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/softball/2001-05-08-column.htm Article on 20th Anniversary of first NCAA championship game
- http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/news/story?id=2413269 NCAA's Division I 25th Anniversary softball team
- http://activemind.net/demo/orlandowahoos.com/team/debbie.html Doom's Orlando Wahoos profile
- http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F20614FE3A5C0C738DDDA10894D9494D81 NY Times article on Pan-American performance