July 15, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Former University of Michigan All-American Amanda Chidester (2009-12) provided key contributions for Team USA softball to help secure the silver medal at the General Tire World Cup of Softball on Sunday (July 14) at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. Team USA fell, 6-3, to Japan in the gold-medal game.
Chidester played in all five games of the tournament and primarily served as the cleanup hitter in the lineup. She batted .333 (5-for-15) with a double, home run and two runs batted in. She slugged .600 and finished with an on-base percentage of .412. Chidester was flawless in the field, turning in a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage while demonstrating her versatility by splitting her time between first base, third base and catcher.
In the first game of the tournament against Canada (July 11), Chidester went 2-for-2 and drew a walk to help Team USA to a 7-0 win. She smacked a double in a 4-0 win over Australia (July 12) and then popped a home run the next day (July 13) in a 7-4 loss to Japan. She went 1-for-4 in the gold-medal game and scored a run.
Team USA turned in a 3-2 record during the World Cup of Softball, losing both games to eventual champion Japan.
This is the second consecutive summer Chidester has competed for Team USA. In 2012, she was part of the gold medal squad at the World Cup of Softball.
Chidester played for Michigan from 2009-2012, winning All-America honors twice (2009, 2011). She was named the Big Ten Player of the Year in consecutive seasons (2011-12) and finished her Michigan career in the top five in several statistical categories, including home runs (40), RBI (200), batting average (.355) and slugging percentage (.596).
Team USA has two remaining competitions on its schedule. The team will compete at the Canadian Open Fast Pitch International Championship from July 16-22 in Surrey, British Columbia. Then it will close its season at the International Softball Federation Women's World Championship/Pan American Games qualifier from August 5-18 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Contact: Michael Kasiborski (734) 763-4423