Olivia Pichardo: Paving The Way for Women in College Baseball
What could go wrong when you try out for a baseball team? – You make it! That’s what happened when freshman Olivia Pichardo tried out for Brown’s Men’s Baseball team in the summer of 2022.
Pichard is now the first woman to join an NCAA Division I baseball roster. Her achievements show her devotion to her dream of playing college baseball.
The 18-year-old was an outfielder and right-handed pitcher for the USA Baseball Women’s National Team this past summer. Before joining the Bears, she played varsity baseball in her hometown Queens, NY. While also playing club baseball for Next Level Baseball and New York Crush.
With her love of the game, she is paving the way for many young girls who are looking to overcome their critic’s opinions. In an interview with Morning Edition, Pichardo explained that she was told to play softball numerous times throughout her career but never gave up on her dream of playing baseball at the highest level possible.
“I’m just really glad that we’re having more and more female baseball players at the collegiate level, and no matter what division, it’s just really good to see this progression,” Pichardo said. “It’s really paving the way for other girls in the next generation to also have these goals that they want to achieve and dream big and know that they can do it.”
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