Emily Bartlett bringing the heat at Worcester State – Lowell Sun
Strike three! It might be early April, but Emily Bartlett is already throwing summertime smoke on the mound at WSU. For the third consecutive week, the Lowell native and Worcester State University senior earned the Pitcher of the Week award from the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC), April 11.
A 5-foot-5-right-handed hurler, Bartlett posted a 0.64 ERA over 11 innings in a pair of starts this past week. She allowed just six hits and one earned run with seven strikeouts. The versatile sophomore threw a complete-game shutout in the Lancers’ MASCAC opener, a 5-0 victory over Salem State, April 2, part of a two-game sweep.
“Winning this award back-to-back weeks sets a standard for myself and what I’ll be working towards for the rest of my career,” said Bartlett. “All this starts with one pitch, and I will be committed to each pitch going forward.”
The run couldn’t have come at a better time for the Crusaders, who opened this week’s action with a double-header sweep against MCLA, April 11, putting them at 11-11 overall mark (4-0 MASCAC).
“It’s going well,” Bartlett told the Lowell Sun. “We’re a good team. We’re still figuring things out, but recently we have had some positive momentum, and we’ve been playing well together. We’re doing everything fairly well, whether it is fielding, hitting, or pitching. There’s not much we can’t do as a team, and it is promising to know that we’re playing as well as we are at this point in the season. It’s a good start to the season for sure.”
The Lowell Catholic graduate is humbled by the Pitcher of the Week honors, and only hopes it’s a sign of things to come for her club.
“It means a lot,” said Bartlett, who originally joined the team as a walk-on catcher/utility player her freshman year. “It’s a great feeling to be recognized as a good pitcher within our league. I walked onto the team as a utility player willing to play any position that would get me minutes on the field, and I ended up finding my spot on the mound. It’s great having a team I can rely on behind me and coaches who know what works for me, without them I wouldn’t be where I am now.”
Fresh off Monday’s doubleheader sweep of MCLA, Bartlett has made 14 appearances for the Lancers this season, including six starts with a 5-5 record. She has four victories and a season ERA of 2.95 with 64 strikeouts in 61.2 innings.
She has also contributed at the plate as well, batting .370 with three doubles, a triple, seven RBIs and eight runs scored.
“On the mound, I’ve been finding my groove and trusting those behind me to make plays when hitters make contact,” said Bartlett. “Knowing I have a great team behind me allows me to focus on my game, which has helped me be really successful.”
The hurler has put in a lot of time perfecting her pitches, as well as developing some new ones she can rely on.
“It’s good to see that finally paying off,” said Bartlett. “I pitch well when I’m having fun and have some of my best friends behind me yelling at me and cheering me on. It’s brought me so much confidence as a player to know I’m in a good spot with the people I love being around. It’s also been great having coaches who put their trust and faith in me and allow me to be myself on the field. My coaches know how to talk to me and make me laugh when I need it. All of these factors together have given me the success that I’ve had so far in my career.”
A lifelong Lowell resident, Bartlett grew up playing tee-ball for three years before moving to the softball diamond at age eight playing at Shedd Park, as well as shooting hoops with the Lowell Travel Basketball. She continued playing both sports in high school at Lowell Catholic.
Originally a catcher, Bartlett found herself gravitating to the pitcher’s mound by age 10.
“Growing up, I found it very interesting how softball pitchers threw the ball underhand, yet still so fast,” said Bartlett, noting that she didn’t become a fulltime pitcher until college. “It was very intriguing, and I immediately wanted to be like them. Being a pitcher also meant that I could control the game and was always involved, which was a very exciting aspect of the sport.”
A 2020 graduate of Lowell Catholic, Bartlett played four years of varsity softball and basketball for the Crusaders.
“I had a great time at Lowell Catholic,” said Bartlett. “I met a lot of great people and had a lot of fun. When I think about my favorite moments there, they all involve my softball or basketball teams. Our softball coach referred to my team as a “circus” when we were warming up. We looked like a mess, but we were having fun and performing well, so we embraced that title.”
She is currently majoring in occupational studies.
“I ended up at WSU because of their occupational therapy program, and I liked that it was also close to home,” she said. “I didn’t know if I was even going to make the team at Worcester State as a first-year walk-on. Now halfway through my sophomore year, I can say that I am glad I took the risk.”
As for the future, Bartlett is looking to help lead her team to the promised land.
“First and foremost, I’m looking to help my team to a MASCAC title,” said Bartlett. “We want to win our league, and I want to help my team in any way possible. Outside of team goals, I am focusing on just being myself. My biggest focuses at the plate are being consistent, doing anything to get on base, and staying patient. On the mound, I’m trying to be efficient with a pitch-by-pitch focus where I can place each pitch in the right location with the movement it needs to get by hitters. If I can accomplish what I’m trying to do at the plate and on the mound, I hope I can make the All-MASCAC team again this year.”
Judging by her most recent run, it’d be tough to bet against her.