Aptos alum Kostreba receives honors; Cal preps for Berkeley Regional

There are a couple notes to pass along before the Cal softball team plays in the Berkeley Regional.

Cal is hosting the Berkeley Regional this weekend to kick off the NCAA Tournament. It will play Iona on Friday night at 7 p.m., with Boston University and Arkansas competing in the earlier game at 5 p.m.

The regional will last through Sunday, with the winner taking on the champ of the Seattle Regional — expected to be the Univ. of Washington.

You can buy tickets to the Berkeley Regional here.

Both Aptos’ Breana Kostreba and Scotts Valley’s Nikki Owens compete on the Golden Bears. On Wednesday, Kostreba was named All-Pac-12 honorable mention and to the All-Freshman Team. She finished the regular season with a .318 batting average (42 of 132) with 10 doubles, 12 homers and 38 RBIs.

Said Kostreba to CalBears.com:

“I’m honored and surprised. I never expected this award my freshman year.”

Interestingly, while the softball team is perhaps more than prepared for the Regional — it went 50-4 this season and is a heavy favorite to emerge from the Berkeley Regional — the athletic department is in prep mode. They have to build a temporary press box, set up temporary lights and a create a warm-up facility on an adjacent field, according to sfgate.com.

Locally, Santa Cruz High softball coach Jocelyn Forest said she’ll be traveling north to watch the Berkeley Regional. Her involvement is kind of two-fold — not only did she play for the 2002 national championship softball team at Cal, but she also previously coached softball at Boston University.

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