Back in January, the New York Yankees organization announced that it had hired Rachel Balkovec as the new manager for her single-A-farm team, the Tampa Tarpons, becoming the first female manager in minor league history.
It was huge news for women in male-dominated sports, and today, a woman in baseball is making massive headlines again…
How Olivia Pichardo rose to the top of the Brown University baseball team to become the first woman to ever create an active NCAA Division I college baseball roster, reports say ESPN.
Pichardo, a freshman utility player for the Brown Bears, was a pitcher and outfielder for the US women’s national baseball team this past summer and previously played varsity baseball in Queens, New York and played club baseball for New York Crush and Next level baseball.
Brown Head Baseball Coach Grant Achilles said he was very impressed with Pichardo’s skills and called it:
“The most comprehensive walk-on tryout I’ve seen from a player since becoming a head coach.”
Capable of playing both infield and outfield, Pichardo found out on October 4 that she made the team.
Nearly 20 women have created college baseball rosters across the country, but she is the first to create a Division 1 roster.
She said in a press release:
“It was definitely a surreal moment for me because I’ve wanted this since eighth grade. It’s kind of crazy knowing that I’m living my dream and ideal college experience that I’ve always wanted, so that’s really cool.
I’m just honestly trying to progress as a baseball player and not thinking too broadly. For me, all I ever wanted was to play college baseball, no matter what division. This school happens to be a Division I team that I ran on.”
https://www.whiskeyriff.com/2022/11/21/olivia-pichardo-becomes-first-woman-to-ever-make-division-1-college-baseball-roster/ Olivia Pichardo Becomes First Woman To Ever Make Division 1 College Baseball Roster