Cal softball team — with Kostreba, Owens — earns No. 1 ranking

The Cal softball team, which includes Aptos grad Breana Kostreba and Scotts Valley’s Nikki Owens, earned the unanimous No. 1 overall ranking in the nation this week for the first time all season.

According to the school’s website:

Cal remains at the top of the Softball poll for the seventh time in eight weeks. In that ranking system, the Bears garnered all of the 20 first-place votes. Cal hit a previous season high of 18 votes in last week’s rankings.

Cal swept its three-game series with No. 3 Washington last week.

Kostreba is batting .358 (29 of 81) for the Golden Bears with 6 homers and 27 RBIs. Owens recently returned to the team after suffering an injury.

Cal has won 10 games in a row and is 33-1 overall and 6-0 in the Pac-12. The Bears will open a 3-game series against Utah in Salt Lake City on Thursday.

Here’s a postgame interview with Kostreba last week after the freshman infielder connected on her second 2-run homer in as many games to help lift Cal to a 4-3 victory against No. 9 Stanford.

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