Lisa M. Gawlak
Hometown: Wallingford, CT
Year Inducted: 1998
Lisa Gawlak, from Wallingford, Connecticut, is one of only six players in Ivy softball history to earn First Team All-Ivy honors for four years. A versatile player, Gawlak appeared in every game of her collegiate career either as a pitcher, first baseman or designated hitter.
As a freshman, she immediately made her presence felt, capturing Ivy League Rookie of the Year honors in 1986. Gawlak helped pitch Brown to its second Ivy League Championship her rookie season by posting a 1.00 ERA and batting .312, leading the team in RBI’s with 24.
In 1987, her sophomore season, she again was selected First Team All-Ivy and posted a 1.73 ERA, winning seven games, and helping the team finish third in the Ivies. The biology concentrator had another stellar season in ’88, leading Brown to 28 victories, which is the fourth highest Brown win total in a single season, and a second place finish in the Ivy League. During her junior season, Lisa faced highly touted Connecticut, pitching a one-hit shutout in one of the best outings of her career.
Lisa was the first four-time All-State high school softball player in Connecticut history at Lyman Hall High School. She was inducted into the Connecticut Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993, and currently is a Coding Coordinator for Orthopedic Associates of Hartford. Still active in the game, Lisa is the Director of the Gannon Girls Basketball League and the Swish League, a basketball program for adult women in her hometown of Wallingford.