"Alexis is going to be the epitome of a Bulldog out there in the circle," Stuedeman said. "We're continuing our long line of left-handed pitchers as well as our relationship with the state of Illinois."
This past spring under the direction of Dan Wiedman at Marquette Catholic High School, Silkwood earned first-team All-State honors and was named the St. Louis Dispatch All-Metro Player of the Year as well as the Alton Telegraph Player of the Year. The three-time first-team All-State southpaw struck out 500 batters, one shy of the state record she set as a sophomore in 2011, and 37 more than her original record-setting performance of 463 as a freshman in 2010.
"I chose Mississippi State because of Coach Stuedeman's energy and her amazing passion for the game," Silkwood explained. "More importantly, she has an even bigger passion for her players. I know she will make me a better athlete because she is such a competitor."
Silkwood, who will make her Bulldog debut in the 2013-14 season, is a key pitcher for the Illinois-based Beverly Bandits fastpitch travel team, coached by Bill Conroy and Kevin Stephens.
"Coach Conroy and Coach Stephens were instrumental in helping her get signed on the dotted line and I cannot wait to see her in the Maroon and White," Stuedeman said.
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