Brown University baseball player makes history as first woman to make Division I roster

Olivia Pichardo
Olivia Pichardo. (Brown University)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — A Brown University baseball player will make history as the first woman to be on a Division I collegiate roster.

Olivia Pichardo of Queens, New York, has been the Brown Bears roster following September walk-on tryouts.

According to nonprofit Baseball for All, Pichardo will be the first woman to ever be on a Division I roster.

“It was definitely a surreal moment for me because it’s something that I’ve wanted since eighth grade,” Pichardo said. “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.”

During the September tryout, Pichardo caught the eye of Brown head coach Grant Achilles, who was impressed by the Queens native’s athleticism, versatility and strength.

“Olivia put together the most complete walk-on tryout I have seen from a player since becoming a head coach,” said Achilles.

Pichardo has been playing baseball since the age of five and played her high school ball at Garden School.

She also played for the USA Women’s National Baseball Team as a pitcher and outfielder.

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