Olivia Pichardo, who earned some of her first opportunities to face men at high-level events with the Future Stars Series, became the first woman to play in an NCAA Division 1 college baseball game on Friday when she got into Brown’s 10-1 loss to Bryant.
Pichardo, who parlayed numerous appearances at regional combines into a standout showing at the 2021 National Combine in Lake Charles, where she impressed as a two-way player, recorded a first-pitch groundout in her pinch-hit appearance in the bottom of the ninth inning in Brown’s home opener.
Pichardo made national headlines when she made the team this past fall as a walk-on, and is listed as a utility player on the Bears roster. One of eight women currently playing collegiate baseball, she is currently the only one at the D1 level.
Brown hosts Bryant for a doubleheader on Saturday, as well as the series finale on Wednesday, and the freshman could get another opportunity to record her first hit at the NCAA level before the team travels to Columbia for three games in two days next weekend.
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