Brown University freshman Olivia Pichardo makes history, becomes first woman on Division I baseball roster

Early into her college, freshman Olivia Pichardo is already making an impact. 

The Brown University student became the first woman to make a roster. 

Bears coach Grant Achilles revealed Monday that Pichardo would be a member of the varsity team for the upcoming season. Pichardo was a walk-on athlete and impressed the coaching staff during her tryouts.

The Van Wickle Gates stand at the edge of the main campus of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, Aug. 16, 2022.

The Van Wickle Gates stand at the edge of the main campus of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, Aug. 16, 2022. (Reuters/Brian Snyder)

Pichardo is an accomplished baseball player who has experience at multiple positions on the baseball diamond. She threw pitches for the USA Baseball Women’s National Team and also played in the outfield.

For two weeks in the fall, Pichardo participated in practices and workouts with current players.

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

Pichardo was born in Queens, New York, and excelled at baseball at a young age. She played varsity baseball at Garden School in seventh and eighth grade.

Sayles Hall and Campus at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

Sayles Hall and Campus at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. (Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

As a member of Team USA, she participated in the Friendship Series against Team Canada in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, over the summer. She also worked as an intern in the amateur scouting department.

The 18-year-old Pichardo said it was “a surreal moment” when she learned that she made the team.

The seal of Brown University adorns the Van Wickle Gates at the edge of the main campus in Providence, Rhode Island, Aug. 16, 2022.

The seal of Brown University adorns the Van Wickle Gates at the edge of the main campus in Providence, Rhode Island, Aug. 16, 2022. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)

“I’m living out my dream right now and the ideal college experience that I’ve always wanted, so that’s really cool,” said Pichardo, who threw out the ceremonial first pitch for the Mets on Women’s Day at Citi Field in August.

According to Brown, approximately 20 woman have been a part of college baseball rosters, but Pichardo is the first to make a roster at the NCAA Division 1 level.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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