Aharon Modlin, a sophomore
infielder on the Pepperdine baseball team, discusses his expectations for the
team and plans for a successful 2018 season:
Q: Heading into your second season as a Wave, what expectations do you have for the team?
A: I expect a lot out of the team this year. Ultimately, our goal is to go to Omaha and win a national championship, but it starts by going out there and winning our conference first.
Q: Last season you had the second-best batting average on the team. How did you adapt so well coming in as a freshman?
A: At the beginning it was challenging, but as the year went on I became more and more comfortable with my role. There were many late nights in the cage working on my swing, which definitely helped.
Q: After the season you had last year, what expectations do you have for yourself this upcoming season?
A: I'm always looking to learn from my teammates and coaches and improve. This year I'd like to increase the amount of quality at-bats I have, whether that's in walks, hits or executing for the team.
Q: How do you envision your role on the team changing from your freshman to sophomore year?
A: As a freshman, I was excited to just be a part of the team. This year I think my role involves more leadership because I have a year under my belt. I'm able to help the freshmen who haven't experienced a D-I season yet. Whether it's on the field or in the dugout I'm looking forward to helping our team win.
Q: Coming from Irvine, what made you choose Pepperdine?
A: I felt it was the best place for me to develop as a baseball player, as well as get a top-notch education. The location is great and it allows me to drive home and see my family easily.
Q: As a Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete, what things do you do to maintain success both in academics and athletics?
A: There's a lot of time management involved every day. I've taken advantage of the great facilities we have on campus, like the new library. I can go in there and get my work done before and after practice and not get behind in my classes. As for baseball, we have a culture that encourages early work before practices so we can do drills to improve.
Q: What or who would you say has been your biggest inspiration or motivation thus far in your baseball career?
A: My parents have been great role models throughout my life. I've learned a lot about hard work and dedication from them. They taught me how to deal with failure and have a positive mindset, which has helped a lot as my baseball career goes on.
Q: Any games you're particularly excited about this season?
A: We play a midweek game against Cal State Fullerton, which is exciting. They were a team that made it to Omaha last year and are known to always have a great program so it'll be a good test for us.