Illinois' Hackett hitting her stride

May, 19, 2010
5/19/10
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History suggests Illinois sophomore Meredith Hackett should have been terrified the moment she saw the word DePaul appear beside the word Illinois on ESPNU during Sunday night’s NCAA Softball Tournament selection show.

Hackett has faced DePaul three games in her career. Three games, including in last year’s NCAA Tournament, the Blue Demons have defeated Illinois. Three games, DePaul has held Hackett hitless. That’s eight times total she’s come to the plate and DePaul has retired her.

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Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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