Meredith Hackett led the Big Ten with a .418 batting average this season.
June 4, 2010
Oklahoma City, Okla. -
Illinois first baseman Meredith Hackett has been named a 2010 Louisville Slugger/NFCA First Team All-American by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. The sophomore becomes Illinois' third All-American in program history and second to earn first team honors, joining Jenna Hall. Current junior second baseman Danielle Zymkowitz was a Second Team All-American in 2009.
Hackett led the Big Ten with a .418 batting average and ranked third in the conference with 56 RBI and fourth in the league with 16 home runs. Hackett hit two home runs in a doubleheader sweep of Iowa, including a three-run walk-off variety in the opening game. She was named Big Ten Player of the Week on March 22 after batting .500 (8-for-16) at the USF - The Game Tournament.
Hackett was one of three players in the line-up to bat over .400 for an Illinois team that went 45-8, tied for second in the Big Ten and advanced to the finals of the Columbia, Mo., Regional. She added 11 doubles and 34 runs scored and tallied an .804 slugging percentage and .516 on-base percentage.