July 14, 2014
IRVINE, Calif. -- Former University of Michigan softball All-American Amanda Chidester (2009-12) and her Team USA teammates claimed the 2014 General Tire World Cup of Softball championship on Sunday (July 13) with a 5-2 victory over Team Canada.
Team USA posted a 7-0 record during the six-day tournament, including an 8-1 win over chief rival Japan (July 11) and two wins over Canada.
Chidester played in five games and helped lead the offensive attack for the Red, White and Blue. For the tournament, she batted .385 (5-for-13) with five runs batted in. Three of those RBI came on a three-run homer against Japan, and she knocked in two more against Chinese Taipei (July 12) with a double.
The tournament is an invitational staged by USA Softball featuring some of the best national teams in the world and is now in its ninth year. Chidester was part of Team USA's World Cup championship squad in 2012 (along with former U-M All-American Jordan Taylor) and part of the runner-up team in 2013.
The General Tire World Cup of Softball is part of a prelude to Team USA's primary competition this summer: the International Softball Federation Women's World Championships held Aug. 15-24 in Haarlem, Netherlands. The national team has two more tournaments to contest before the world championships: the Canadian Open Fast Pitch International July 15-21 in Surrey, British Columbia; and Italian Softball Week Aug. 6-10 in Azzano, Italy.
Chidester hails from Allen Park, Mich., and had a distinguished career at Michigan, earning All-America status twice in her career -- as a freshman in 2009 (second team) and as a junior in 2011 (first team). The slugger was named the Big Ten Player of the Year twice (2011-12) and was a three-time All-Big Ten first team performer (2009, 11-12). She was honored as Michigan's Big Ten Medal of Honor recipient following her senior campaign.
Contact: Michael Kasiborski