Early into her faculty, freshman Olivia Pichardo is already making an affect.
The Brown College pupil turned the primary girl to make a Division I baseball roster.
Brown College Bears coach Grant Achilles revealed Monday that Pichardo can be a member of the varsity crew for the upcoming season. Pichardo was a walk-on athlete and impressed the teaching workers throughout her tryouts.
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Pichardo is an completed baseball participant who has expertise at a number of positions on the baseball diamond. She threw pitches for the USA Baseball Girls’s Nationwide Workforce 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 turning into a head coach,” Achilles stated in a press launch.
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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 Workforce USA, she participated within the Friendship Collection towards Workforce Canada in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, over the summer season. She additionally labored as an intern within the New York Mets beginner scouting division.
The 18-year-old Pichardo stated it was “a surreal second” when she realized that she made the crew.
“I’m dwelling out my dream proper now and the best faculty expertise that I’ve at all times wished, in order that’s actually cool,” stated Pichardo, who threw out the ceremonial first pitch for the Mets on Girls’s Day at Citi Subject in August.
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In line with Brown, roughly 20 girl have been part of faculty baseball rosters, however Pichardo is the primary to make a roster on the NCAA Division 1 stage.
The Related Press contributed to this report.