There is believed to only be one female playing college baseball this year, and her name is Sarah Hudek, and she suits up for Bossier Parish Community College in Louisiana.
The freshman picked up her first win out of the bullpen this week against Hinds Community College. She allowed 3 hits, and struck out 3 in her debut of 2.2 innings in relief.
“I was a little nervous, but I was mentally ready to go in whenever coach (Aaron) Vorachek called for me … I wanted to show that I can come in and perform in any situation. I felt great and was able to find the strike zone quickly.” -Sarah Hudek to Shreveport Times
Sarah Hudek isn’t the first female to play college baseball, but is believed to be the only one suiting up for a college team this year.
Her father, John Hudek played a couple seasons in the big leagues, including an All Star selection on the mound with the Astros. Barriers for women in baseball have been batted down a lot (relatively) recently. Jessica Mendoza last season became the first female analyst on an ESPN baseball game. Recently the Seattle Mariners hired 22 year old Amanda Hopkins as a full time scout. And the Oakland Athletics hired the first female coach in MLB history, Justine Siegal.
Even women’s baseball has become more popular in the recent past. USA Baseball even has a womens national team that competes against teams of women representing other countries around the world of all ages. Check em out, I’m a big fan.
Here’s a clip of her recruiting video on her YouTube page. The left stands 5’9 150 pounds, with a fastball peaking at 81mph. That’s actually harder than some of you men reading this right now. No shame, she’s pretty good.