On Monday, Brown University made a significant declaration. Olivia Pichardo, a native of New York, became the first female player on a varsity D1 baseball team. Beginning in September, the 18-year-old took part in walk-on tryouts at Brown. In February of 2023, she and the Brown University Bears begin their campaign.
The newest member of the Bears remarked, “It was really a surreal moment for me because it’s something I’ve wanted since eighth grade.” Knowing that I’m currently having the ideal college experience of my dreams is kind of surreal, so that’s really amazing.
This winter, 20 women will play for varsity baseball teams around the country. According to Baseball For All, Pichardo is the first player to compete at the D1 level.
Grant Achillies, the head coach of Brown, talked about Pichardo, expressing his admiration for her tryouts and the way she handled all that was thrown at her.
The Brown Bears head coach remarked, “We host tryouts for kids interested in joining our team every fall.” Baseball players frequently perform this exercise, which enables us to assess their athleticism, arm strength, and offensive and defensive abilities. Since I’ve been a head coach, Olivia put together the most thorough walk-on tryout I’ve ever seen.
Undoubtedly, this is a pivotal moment for female athletes. Pichardo aspires to serve as an example for anyone desiring to pursue a similar path.
It makes me incredibly happy that there are more and more female baseball players competing at the collegiate level, regardless of the division, said Pichardo. It’s really setting the way for other females in the following generation to have these aspirations, to dream big, and to believe that they are capable of achieving them.