FAYETTEVILLE- The University of Arkansas softball signee Kelly Young was recently named the Mississippi Gatorade Player of the Year for 2012. The Madison Central High graduate led the Jaguars to a 29-3 record and a third consecutive Class 6A state championship. A returning Class 6A First Team All-State selection as named by The Clarion-Ledger, she posted a 25-2 record with a 0.29 ERA and 338 strikeouts against 40 walks in 168 innings pitched. The Madison, Miss., native batted .305 with three home runs and 19 RBI, producing a .463 slugging percentage and .377 on-base percentage. In eight Class 6A state tournament games she compiled an 8-0 record in the circle with a 0.25 ERA and 91 strikeouts in 56 innings pitched. Young finished her illustrious high school career with a 26-0 post season record while taking three state championships. Off the field, Young was also sharp, posting a 4.0 grade point average. "Kelly is a true student-athlete," says head coach Mike Larabee. "Not only does she excel in the classroom, but she is solid on the field; coming to Arkansas never losing a post season game during high school. I am really looking forward to Kelly getting on campus and for her to work with our strength and condition coaches. In addition to her high school team, Young also plays on the 18U Gold Club ball team for the Mid South Blue Angels coached by Rose Kalisak. Young will enter her first semester at Arkansas this coming fall. "She is going to be a great fit for our Razorback softball program and a true ambassador for our university." says Larabee. "