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Olivia Pichardo Makes NCAA Baseball History

The 18-year-old now holds the distinction of being the first female NCAA D1 baseball player.

Olivia Pichardo is a name now etched in history.

The Brown University pitcher/outfielder has become the first female to make the varsity roster of an NCAA Division I baseball team.

“It was definitely a surreal moment for me because it’s something that I’ve wanted since eighth grade,” Pichardo said, via Brown.edu. “It’s kind of crazy to know that I’m living out my dream right now and my ideal college experience that I’ve always wanted, so that’s really cool.”

Finally, there is now a shining example for young girls who have a passion for the game of baseball. There is indeed the possibility that their journey in the game can extend beyond the usual barrier. The hope is that the first is not merely the last or one of a few but the start of a revolution in the sport.

The 18-year-old’s story is similar to so many. She had a dream of playing baseball for as long as possible, despite the world telling her that such a thing would be a fantasy.

When she matriculated to Brown, she decided to throw her hat into the ring by attending walk-on tryouts. Showcasing her skill, she was invited to join the team for the upcoming 2023 season.

Pichardo touched on how much it means to her to pave the way for future players, again via Brown.edu.

“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.”