Ferris State University softball head coach Keri Becker has announced Emily Carlson (Wixom/Walled Lake Western), formerly of Albion (Mich.) College, will join the Bulldogs this fall and begin her first season for the Crimson and Gold in the upcoming 2011 campaign.
Carlson played her first collegiate season at NCAA Division III Albion and will have three years of eligibility remaining.
"Emily is a pitcher who plays first base as well," said Becker, the program's all-time winningest coach. "She's a seasoned player who will provide quality depth to our team."
Carlson batted for a .205 average with nine base hits in 44 at bats for the 2010 season at Albion. A starter in all 15 games played in, Carlson totaled four doubles, three RBI's, seven runs scored, a .295 slugging percentage, a .286 on-base percentage, and a .933 fielding percentage as a result of 18 putouts, 24 assists, and three errors for the Britons. In the pitching circle, she registered a 6-11 record with a team-leading 3.95 earned run average in 106.1 innings for head coach Christina Finch's team. Carlson, who earned 15 starts in 18 appearances, produced a squad-best 90 strikeouts and two shutouts while holding the opposition to a .282 hitting average. She pitched Albion to a win over nationally ninth-ranked U.S. Coast Guard Academy in her collegiate debut and tossed a no-hitter in the Britons' first home game of the 2010 season. A solid student-athlete, Carlson was selected to the 2009-10 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Academic Honor Roll and also made the Dean's List in the 2009 fall and 2010 spring semesters.
A two-time (2008-09) team Most Valuable Player and a 2009 state finalist for Miss Softball Pitcher at Walled Lake (Mich.) Western High School, the 5-7 Carlson earned All-Kensington Lakes Activites Association (KLAA) recognition and the KLAA Scholar-Athlete Award as a senior in the 2009 campaign. The three-time (2007-09) team captain attained academic all-state laurels in both the 2008 and 2009 seasons as the Warriors chalked up academic all-state honors in each of her four prep years. In her 2009 senior year under head coach Teri Burt, she was tabbed as one of the top 30 players in Oakland County and cracked the top 60 rankings for Oakland County in the previous campaign (2008). A four-year Varsity Award honoree, Carlson achieved all-area, all-division, and all-district accolades in her 2008 junior year after garnering the team's Best Defensive Player Award as a sophomore in 2007.
As a senior, Carlson posted a 12-11 record with a 2.00 earned run average in 140.0 innings to go along with five shutouts and 174 strikeouts as a starter in 23 of 31 appearances. She produced a .313 hitting average with 26 hits in 83 official plate appearances while tallying five doubles, three triples, one home run, 14 RBI's, a .482 slugging percentage, and a .383 on-base percentage as a starter in 31 contests. Carlson hit at a .371 clip in 29 outings as a junior as she netted 33 hits, which included five doubles and two roundtrippers, and drove in 15 runs. She sported a 13-13 pitching mark and a 0.37 earned run average in 169.0 innings of work. Carlson fanned 202 batters and amassed seven shutouts while receiving the starting nod in 26 of 29 pitching encounters during the 2008 campaign. Besides softball, Carlson also was a four-year letterwinner in basketball. She was a two-year member of the National Honor Society and spent two years on the school's yearbook staff.
Carlson, who graduated Summa Cum Laude and ninth in her 2009 WLWHS Class, was the recipient of the U.S. Army Reserve National Scholar-Athlete Award. She also has played five years of summer softball for the PC Pride Elite team.
Carlson is the daughter of Eric and Kim Carlson of Wixom, Mich., who both attended Ferris State. She plans to study biology and pre-optometry in the honors program at FSU.
Carlson joins Rachel Schlessinger (Morton Grove, Ill./Resurrection), Bianca Vasovski (Farmington Hills/Harrison), Emily "Alex" Wittman (St. Joseph), Amy Dunleavy (Canton), and Cara DeLange (Plainfield, Ill.) as Bulldog newcomers for the upcoming 2011 season.
Ferris State went 26-16 overall in the 2010 season, which included a third-place tying 17-9 performance in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).