Cal Poly softball player Lisa Modglin is no stranger to hard work. Weight training, conditioning and daily practices are paying off for the center fielder.
A native of Simi Valley, Modglin currently leads the team with a .377 batting average and 35 RBIs. She also leads the team with 15 doubles and four triples. She has recorded six home runs this year – her last home run coming in game two against the Cal State Northridge Matadors.
Modglin, a business administration junior, scored the winning run in the first game against UC Davis. She also earned two RBIs in the second game against UC Davis.
Modglin was also the only player to record two hits in the second game against Long Beach State.
Last year Modglin earned second-team all-conference honors and was No. 5 in the Big West Conference for her batting average and was No. 2 in the conference for stolen bases.
It is Modglin’s goal to ignore her statistics because last year she looked at them and it influenced her playing.
“I don’t want to be up there (at bat) thinking if I get this hit I will be this much higher (in batting average),” Modglin said.
At the age of six Modglin started playing softball. She became interested in the sport after watching her brother play baseball. Modglin said her parents are also athletic and both play tennis and golf.
Modglin has been playing softball at Cal Poly since her freshman year. She played travel ball during high school and was scouted while playing in tournaments. She was later recruited by former coach Lisa Boyer.
Cal Poly was the main school that Modglin was looking at because it was close to the beach and still in California. She was also interested in the school because of the softball program and academic programs.
She plans on playing softball for the Mustangs next year and wants to continue playing after she graduates.
“I don’t know where I would be without softball,” Modglin said.
Her goal for this year is to see the softball team go to regionals, especially after being snubbed last season.
With its sweep of UC Davis over the weekend, Cal Poly is well on its way to a regional playoff berth with its 22-19 overall record. Last season, the Mustangs were left out of the NCAA Tournament because of a weak strength of schedule, but that won’t be an issue this year with big games against UCLA, Tennessee and Oklahoma.