July 3, 2012
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Former University of Michigan softball players Amanda Chidester (2009-12) and Jordan Taylor (2008-11) helped the United States to a 6-0 record and the World Cup of Softball championship. The U.S. knocked off Australia, 3-0, Monday night (July 2) to clinch its sixth championship.
Chidester batted .143 (1-for-7) in the tournament with one home run, four runs batted in, and three runs scored. Taylor went 2-0 in three appearances in the circle, pitching 8.0 innings and allowing one earned run with 13 strikeouts.
The tournament began on June 28 when the U.S. defeated Puerto Rico, 8-0 in five innings. Chidester appeared in the game, drawing a walk and scoring in a run in a relief appearance at first base. Taylor picked up the win the next day (June 29) in a 3-1 U.S. triumph over Australia, throwing 4.0 scoreless innings and striking out five. Neither Wolverine appeared in the 2-1 victory over the Netherlands on June 30.
Chidester earned the start at first base in a 9-0 victory over Canada in the team's second game on June 30, going 0-for-2 at the plate. Another 9-0 win, this one against Brazil on July 1, propelled the United States into the championship game. Chidester entered the contest at third base and recorded her first hit of the tournament, a grand slam in the fourth inning.
Both Chidester and Taylor made appearances in the title-clinching win over Australia. Following her grand slam, Chidester earned the start at designated player but did not collect a hit. Taylor threw one inning of scoreless relief, striking out two of the three batters she faced.
Next up for the U.S. National Team is the Canadian Open Fast Pitch International Championship, July 4-9, in Surrey, British Columbia. Following that tournament, the U.S. will look for its eighth consecutive gold medal at the International Softball Federation (ISF) World Championship, July 13-22, in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada.
Contact: Sarah VanMetre (734) 763-4423