Early into her school, freshman Olivia Pichardo is already making an impression.
The Brown College scholar turned the primary lady to make a Division I baseball roster.
Brown University Bears coach Grant Achilles revealed Monday that Pichardo could be a member of the varsity group for the upcoming season. Pichardo was a walk-on athlete and impressed the teaching workers throughout her tryouts.
Pichardo is an achieved baseball participant who has expertise at a number of positions on the baseball diamond. She threw pitches for the USA Baseball Girls’s Nationwide Group and in addition performed within the outfield.
For 2 weeks within the fall, Pichardo participated in practices and exercises with present gamers.
“Olivia put collectively probably the most full walk-on tryout I’ve seen from a participant since changing into a head coach,” Achilles stated in a press launch.
Pichardo was born in Queens, New York, and excelled at baseball at a younger age. She performed varsity baseball at Backyard College in seventh and eighth grade.
As a member of Group USA, she participated within the Friendship Sequence in opposition to Group Canada in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, over the summer time. She additionally labored as an intern within the New York Mets novice scouting division.
The 18-year-old Pichardo stated it was “a surreal second” when she realized that she made the group.
“I’m dwelling out my dream proper now and the perfect school expertise that I’ve all the time needed, in order that’s actually cool,” stated Pichardo, who threw out the ceremonial first pitch for the Mets on Girls’s Day at Citi Area in August.
In line with Brown, roughly 20 lady have been part of school baseball rosters, however Pichardo is the primary to make a roster on the NCAA Division 1 stage.
The Related Press contributed to this report.