| Amanda Chidester|
| April 11, 1990 (age 25)
Allen Park, Michigan (1990-04-11) |
Third baseman, First baseman
Amanda Chidester (born April 11, 1990) is an American softball player. She has been a member of the USA Softball Women's National Team since June 2012. She previously played for the Michigan Wolverines softball team from 2009 to 2012. She was twice selected as the Big Ten Conference Player of the Year and broke Michigan's career home run record.
Chidester was born in 1990 and grew up in Allen Park, Michigan. She attended Cabrini High School, graduating in 2008. As a senior in 2008, she was selected as the Detroit Catholic League Female Athlete of the Year. In 2007, she was named the Gatorade Michigan Softball Player of the Year. She was also selected as a first-team EA Sports All-American in both 2007 and 2008.
Chidester enrolled at the University of Michigan in the fall of 2008. As a freshman in the spring of 2009, Chidester appeared in 58 games and led the Michigan softball team with a .350 batting average. She was selected as a second-team NFCA All-American and a first-team All-Big Ten player.
As a sophomore in 2009, Chidester started all 57 games for Michigan, including 56 games at second base.
As a junior in 2010, Chidester moved to third base. She started all 58 games for Michigan, including 51 at third base and seven at catcher. She led the team with a .423 batting average and 75 RBIs. At the end of the season, she was selected as the Big Ten Conference Player of the Year and a first-team NFCA All-American at third base.
As a senior in 2011, Chidester was the captain of the Michigan softball team. She started 58 games for Michigan, including 13 at third base and 45 at first base. She compiled a .347 batting average with 46 RBIs and was named Big Ten Player of the Year for the second consecutive year. On May 25, 2013, she became the second Michigan Wolverines softball player to reach 200 career RBIs.
In June 2012, Chidester was named to the USA Softball Women's National Team. She hit a grand slam to lead Team USA to a victory over Brazil in the 2012 World Cup of Softball.
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