Chidester, Taylor Help U.S. to World Cup of Softball Championship
Chidester Earns Spot on USA Softball National Team
Ninety Wolverines Named to Spring Academic All-Big Ten Team
2012 Michigan Softball Roster
Notes & Quotes: #3 Alabama 4, #21 Michigan 3 - Super Regional Game 2
At Michigan ... Two-time Big Ten Player of the Year (2011, 2012) ... Two-time NFCA All-American (2009, 2011) ... Michigan's Big Ten Medal of Honor winner (2012) ... Finished her career ranked second in RBI (200), second in grand slams (5), fourth in slugging percentage (.596),fifth in home runs (40), ninth in hits (248) and10th in runs scored (157).
Senior (2012) ... Captain ... Big Ten Player of the Year ... Earned All-Big Ten first-team honors ... NFCA All-Great Lakes Region second team ... Named to all-tournament team at Tiger Classic (Feb. 10-12) and NFCA Leadoff Classic (Feb. 24-26) ... Started 58 games -- 13 at third base and 45 at first base ... Totaled 14 multi-hit and 14 multi-RBI games ... Led U-M in batting (.347), runs scored (37), doubles (12), RBI (46) and slugging percentage (.597) ... Reached base in 25 consecutive contests, running from March 21-May 5 .... Had two four-hit games, coming against Saint Louis (March 10) and at Wisconsin (May 5) ... Recorded 200th RBI of her career with a home run against Alabama in the NCAA Super Regional (May 25) ... Posted two doubles against Ohio State (April 7) ... Hit a grand slam against Eastern Michigan (March 21), going 1-for-2 at the plate ... Went 4-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI against Saint Louis (March 10) ... Hit a three-run home run against Penn State (Feb. 12) at the Tiger Classic ... Had a walk-off home run in Michigan's 5-4 win over Louisiana Tech (Feb. 11).
Junior (2011) ... NFCA All-America first team (third base) ... NFCA All-Great Lakes Region first team (third base) ... Big Ten Conference Player of the Year ... All-Big Ten first team (third base) ... Started in 58 games -- 51 at third base and seven at catcher ... Led the Wolverines with career-high .423 batting average and 75 RBI ... Also established career highs in runs (49), hits (74) and home runs (13) ... Hit .492 in Big Ten play with six homers and 35 RBI ... Went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a RBI vs. Kentucky in the NCAA Regional (May 21) ... Tallied three hits and two RBI at Michigan State (May 14) ... Went 2-for-2 with two RBI and a run scored vs. Minnesota (May 8) ... Went 2-for-6 with seven RBI in the Ohio State doubleheader (May 4) ... Highlighted a 2-for-3 effort vs. Eastern Michigan (May 3) with a three-run inside-the-park home run ... Posted back-to-back two-hit games with three RBI in the Wisconsin series (April 30-May 1) ... Knocked out a game-winning, seventh-inning solo homer to propel U-M past Penn State, 5-4, in game one (April 20) ... Went 3-for-4 with two RBI in the nightcap vs. PSU ... Named Big Ten Player of the Week after going 3-for-4 with two home runs, including a grand slam, and eight RBI in two games against Purdue (April 9-10) ... Knocked out the game-winning grand slam in the fifth inning against Northwestern (March 27) ... Went 2-for-4 with a two-run double vs. Maine (March 4) ... Went 2-for-4 with a RBI double vs. Villanova (Feb. 26) ... Went 1-for-2 with a two-run double vs. Tulsa (Feb. 19) ... Scored two runs on two hits including a go-ahead home run vs. Florida Atlantic (Feb. 18) ... Went 2-for-2 with a home run vs. Ohio at the Houston Hilton Plaza Invitational (Feb. 12).
Sophomore (2010) ... All-Big Ten Conference third team (second base) ... Started all 57 games -- 56 at second base and one at catcher ... Established career highs in home runs (9) and RBI (41) ... Batted .405 (17-for-42) with four homers and 19 RBI over the last 15 games of the season ... Went 2-for-2 with two sacrifice hits and a two-run, fourth-inning double against #25 Notre Dame in the NCAA Regional finale (May 23) ... Named Big Ten Player of the Week after going 4-for-6 with seven RBI in the Michigan State series (May 8-9) ... Knocked out the game-winning grand slam in the seventh inning, propelling U-M to a 4-1 win in East Lansing ... Went 3-for-3 with three RBI in the MSU series opener ... Registered a three-run homer in the third inning at #19 Ohio State-2 (April 28), leading U-M to a 4-3 win ... Knocked out a two-run, second-inning home run and recorded a career-best three runs against Wisconsin (April 3) ... Went 5-for-8 with five runs and four RBI in back-to-back games against UNLV and Utah at the Judi Garman Classic (March 19) ... Notched the game-tying solo homer in the sixth inning against #8 Alabama (March 5) ... Went 5-for-11 with three doubles and five RBI at the season-opening NTCA Division I Elite Invitational (Feb. 13-14) ... Used an RBI double to drive in the winning run in the top of the 13th against #8 UCLA ... Registered two RBI doubles against #7 Georgia.
Freshman (2009) ... NFCA All-America second team (utility) ... NFCA All-Region first team (utility) ... All-Big Ten first team (utility) ... Appeared in 58 games, starting in a variety of roles -- at designated player, catcher, outfield and middle infield ... Led the Wolverine team with .350 average and shared team lead (with Maggie Viefhaus) with 38 RBI ... Knocked out a solo homer in WCWS debut vs. #4 Alabama (May 28) ... Hit home runs in first WCWS game, first NCAA Tournament game, first home game and first Big Ten game ... Batted 2-for-3 with a first-inning two-run homer vs. Miami (Ohio) in the NCAA Regional opener (May 15) ... Went 5-for-8 with four RBI and two runs in the Illinois doubleheader (April 18) ... Hit 3-for-4 with two RBI at Northwestern (March 21) ... Tallied a career high and team-leading four hits vs. #12 Arizona at the Judi Garman Classic (March 15) ... Tallied two RBI vs. #6 Arizona State (March 14) ... Posted first collegiate home run with a solo shot vs. East Carolina at the Seminole Classic (Feb. 21) ... Went 3-for-4 in U-M loss to DePaul at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic (Feb. 14) ... Posted three straight multi-hit efforts to open collegiate career -- went 3-for-4 with an RBI and run scored in debut vs. Pitt, batted 2-for-2 with an RBI and two runs vs. Long Island and tallied four RBI on 2-for-3 showing vs. Maryland.
Prep ... Graduated from Cabrini High School (2008) ... Four-year Honor Roll ... 2008 Detroit Catholic League Female Athlete of the Year ... Twice selected to the EA Sports All-America first team (2007, '08) ... 2007 Gatorade State Player of the Year (Michigan) ... Three-time MHSSCA All-State selection (2006, '07, '08) ... Cabrini HS won Michigan state championships during her sophomore (2006) and junior (2007) seasons and claimed runner-up honors during senior campaign (2008) ... Established the national record for most RBI by a junior (90) ... Three-time Detroit News All-Metro first team selection (2006, '07, '08) ... Four-time All-Detroit Catholic League, All-Catholic, News Herald All-Area, All-District and All-Region selection ... Also participated in volleyball and basketball ... Earned MHSVCA All-State third team (2006) and honorable mention (2005) honors in volleyball ... Three-time All-Catholic League, All-Catholic, News Herald All-Area Dream Team selection (2004, '05, '06) and twice named to the all-district and all-region teams ... Four-time Detroit Free Press All-State selection in basketball, including first-team honors as a senior (2008) ... Two-time Detroit News All-State first team pick (2007, '08) ... Four-time All-Detroit Catholic League, All-Catholic and News Herald All-Area ... Four-time CHS team MVP, establishing school records in career points (1628) and career rebounds (865).
Personal ... Enrolled in the School of Kinesiology, majoring in physical education ... Born on April 11, 1990 ... Daughter of Brian and Sandy Chidester ... Brother, Ryan, played football and baseball at Defiance College (2004-07).
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