SEATTLE, Wash. - After a pair of near-wins and well-contested ballgames, the Cal softball team knew when it took the field Sunday against No. 9/11-ranked Washington that there wasn't much preventing the Bears from leaving Husky Softball Stadium with a victory.
Thanks to another gritty performance from Nisa Ontiveros and one big inning of offense, Cal did indeed leave town with a significant win in its pocket as the Bears earned a hard-fought 5-3 victory over the Huskies to wrap up the series.
Cal (21-17-1, 6-7-1 Pac-12) got the offense rolling in the second inning, taking control on the scoreboard early to give Ontiveros a lead to work with. An RBI single with the bases loaded by Jasmin Mejia brought the first run in and the second followed quickly when Jazmyn Jackson beat out a fielder's choice to prevent a double play and score Kobie Pettis.
Kylie Reed added to the lead with a hit of the clutch variety, singling to bring in Taylor Koenig. Washington went to the bullpen and brought in left-hander Casey Stangel, but a pair of wils pitches brought Jackson home and gave the Bears a 4-0 lead.
RIO de JANEIRO - Cal senior gymnast Ryan Patterson qualified for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this weekend to represent South Africa, following his performance on Saturday at the Olympic Test Event at the Rio Olympic Arena. It marks the first time in over 50 years that a South African gymnast will compete in the Olympics. Patterson scored an all-around total of 82.932, which was his best-ever international showing. Patterson, did not compete for the Golden Bears during the 2016 season, as his focus was on the Olympic Test Event and qualifying for the Olympic Games.
"This is the pinnacle event in our sport and to qualify means that Ryan has attained a high level of mastery over his sport," Cal assistant coach and South African head coach JT Okada said. "I couldn't be more proud of him and to be a part of his story is unbelievable. We have to acknowledge everyone who helped him get to this point; including head coach Brett McClure for his guidance, Dave Eaton for stepping up, Cal Athletics for their support, Ryan's parents and the entire Cal gymnastics family."
FORT WORTH, Texas - California coaching duo Justin Howell and Elisabeth Crandall-Howell have been recognized with the nation's highest honors after leading the Golden Bears to a best-ever seventh-place finish and their first NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships in 24 years in a history-making season. Howell was voted the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women (NACGC/W) National Head Coach of the Year, and Crandall-Howell is the Assistant Coach of the Year.
The awards were voted upon by the head coaches of all Division I women's collegiate gymnastics teams.
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