"The North Carolina Lady Lightning Gold and Head Coach John Corn are sending one of their finest athletes to the state of Mississippi in Madison Arroyo," Stuedeman said. "She is going to be a great Bulldog that will play anywhere and everywhere. Fans will have no choice but to come watch her play when she puts on the uniform."
Under the direction of Kevin Allran this past spring as a junior, Arroyo tallied 21 hits and stole seven bases in 12 games. Of those 21 hits, 19 went for extra bases (10 doubles, six home runs, three triples). Playing both positions on the left side of the infield as well as second base, the infielder recorded a .989 fielding percentage with 19 putouts and eight double plays turned. Despite playing in only 12 games due to injury, the speedster was still named all-state, all-region and all-county for the third-consecutive season.
"I truly believe I was meant to be a Mississippi State Bulldog," said Arroyo, who chose MSU over Virginia, Florida State and South Carolina. "Right when I met Coach Stuedeman, I knew I wanted to play for her. She is very passionate and has a real love for the game. I know she will push me to where I can reach my full potential."
Arroyo, who will make her Bulldog debut in the 2013-14 season, is also a key infielder for the aforementioned Lady Lightning Gold fastpitch travel team, coached by John Corn.
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