|Champions||Cal State Fullerton (1st title)|
|Runner-up||Arkansas (1st CWS Appearance)|
|Winning coach||Augie Garrido (1st title)|
The 1979 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament was played at the end of the 1979 NCAA Division I baseball season to determine the national champion of college baseball. The tournament concluded with eight teams competing in the College World Series, a double-elimination tournament in its thirty third year. Eight regional competitions were held to determine the participants in the final event. Seven regions held a four team, double-elimination tournament while one region included six teams, resulting in 34 teams participating in the tournament at the conclusion of their regular season, and in some cases, after a conference tournament. The thirty-third tournament's champion was Cal State Fullerton, coached by Augie Garrido. The Most Outstanding Player was Tony Hudson of Cal State Fullerton.
Seven of the eight regionals were played as 4-team double-elimination tournaments. One regional was played as a 6-team double-elimination tournament. The winner of each regional moved on to the College World Series.
Games played at Annapolis, Maryland.
Games played at Coral Gables, Florida.
Games played at East Lansing, Michigan.
|San Diego State||11|
|San Diego State||9|
|San Diego State||2||—|
|San Diego State||5|
Games played at Tallahassee, Florida
|First Round||Second Round||Third Round||Semi-Finals||Finals|
|Seton Hall||2||George Washington||7|
Games played at Tucson, Arizona.
Games played at Austin, Texas.
Games played at Starkville, Mississippi.
Games played at Fresno, California.
|Cal State Fullerton||4|
|Cal State Fullerton||9||9|
|Cal State Fullerton||20|
|Cal State Fullerton||12|
College World Series
Connecticut, Miami (FL), Pepperdine, Arkansas, Arizona, Texas, Mississippi St., and Cal St. Fullerton won their regionals and moved on to the College World Series.
|School||Conference||Record (Conference)||Head Coach||CWS Appearances||CWS Best Finish||CWS Record|
|Arizona||Pac-10||42–23 (17–13)||Jerry Kindall||10
|Arkansas||SWC||46–13 (19–5)||Norm DeBriyn||0
|Cal State Fullerton||SCBA||55–13 (23–4)||Augie Garrido||1
|Connecticut||Eastern Collegiate||31–11 (n/a)||Larry Panciera||4
|Miami (FL)||n/a||55–9 (n/a)||Ron Fraser||2
|Mississippi State||SEC||47–10 (17–2)||Ron Polk||1
|Pepperdine||SCBA||50–16 (19–9)||Dave Gorrie||0
|Texas||SWC||53–6 (22–2)||Cliff Gustafson||17
(1949, 1950, 1975)
|First Round||Second Round||Third Round|
|Cal State Fullerton||1|
|Miami (FL)||3||Mississippi State||4|
|Cal State Fullerton||8||Arizona||3|
|Cal State Fullerton||16|
|Arkansas||10||Cal State Fullerton||2|
|Cal State Fullerton||13||Arkansas||1|
|Cal State Fullerton||8|
|June 1||Game 1||Arkansas||5–4||Pepperdine|
|Game 2||Arizona||5–1||Miami (FL)|
|June 2||Game 3||Texas||11–5||Connecticut|
|Game 4||Mississippi State||6–1||Cal State Fullerton|
|Game 5||Pepperdine||9–3||Miami (FL)||Miami eliminated|
|June 3||Game 6||Cal State Fullerton||8–3||Connecticut||Connecticut eliminated|
|Game 8||Texas||8–2||Mississippi State|
|June 4||Game 9||Cal State Fullerton||16–3||Arizona||Arizona eliminated|
|Game 10||Pepperdine||5–4 (10 innings)||Mississippi State||Mississippi State eliminated|
|June 5||Game 11||Arkansas||9–4||Texas|
|June 6||Game 12||Pepperdine||6–4||Texas||Texas eliminated|
|Game 13||Cal State Fullerton||13–10||Arkansas|
|June 7||Game 14||Cal State Fullerton||8–5||Pepperdine||Pepperdine eliminated|
|June 8||Final||Cal State Fullerton||2–1||Arkansas||Cal State Fullerton wins CWS|
The following players were members of the All-Tournament Team.
|Pitcher||Tony Hudson||Sophomore||Cal State Fullerton|
|Catcher||Kurt Kingsolver||Junior||Cal State Fullerton|
|First baseman||Tim Wallach||Senior||Cal State Fullerton|
|Second baseman||Mike Gates||Senior||Pepperdine|
|Third baseman||Dan Hanggie||Sophomore||Cal State Fullerton|
|Designated hitter||Keith Walker||Junior||Texas|
- Arizona: Terry Francona, Craig Lefferts, Brad Mills, John Moses, Jim Scranton, Dwight Taylor
- Arkansas: Kevin McReynolds, Johnny Ray, Ronn Reynolds
- Cal State Fullerton: John Christensen, Andre David, Tim Wallach
- Miami (FL): Tony Brewer, Neal Heaton, Ross Jones, Mike Pagliarulo, Dennis Owens
- Mississippi State: Tim Weisheim
- Pepperdine: Mike Gates
- Texas: Jim Acker, Tony Arnold, Joseph Bruno, Keith Creel, Ron Gardenhire, Jerry Don Gleaton, Andre Robertson, Ricky Wright
- "NCAA Men's College World Series Records" (PDF). NCAA. 2009. p. 195. Retrieved August 24, 2014.