Hackett turns on the power, Illini sweep

WACO, Texas – Meredith Hackett blasted a pair of home runs and drove in six runs for No. 24 Illinois in a 9-2 softball win against Texas-San Antonio on Saturday at the Getterman Classic.

Hackett, who also roped a double, went 4 for 4. Pepper Gay struck out five and didn't allow an earned run in the win.

In Saturday's first game, the Illini (2-2) got two hits and two RBI from Hollie Pinchback in an 11-2 win against McNeese State.

Jackie Guy got the win. She allowed two hits and struck out three in three-plus innings.

In men's tennis:

Johnny Hamui, Roy Kalmanovich, Stephen Hoh and Dennis Nevolo notched singles wins for No. 16 Illinois in a 4-3 upset of previously unbeaten and seventh-ranked Florida at Atkins Tennis Center.

In women's track & field:

Seniors Chantelle Groenewoud (personal-best 9 minutes, 40.62 seconds) and Elizabeth Boyle (9:41.56) finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 3,000 meters on the final day at the Tyson Invite in Fayetteville, Ark.

Sophomore Courtney Yaeger finished third in the college section of the 3,000 in 10:00.95.

In men's track & field:

Freshman pole vaulters Cody Klein and Matthew Bane had career days for Illinois at the Tyson Invitational.

Klein won the college section of the event with a personal-best mark of 16 feet, 6 3/4 inches. Bane finished fourth in the invitational portion with a personal-best vault of 17-0 3/4.

The distance medley relay team of Graham Farnsworth, Zebo Zebe, Ryan Lynn and Kyle Engnell finished second in 9:49.31.

In men's gymnastics:

 On the same day it was learned that seven-time All-American Paul Ruggeri would miss the remainder of the season with a torn ligament in his left ankle, the third-ranked Illini lost 344.050-340.400 to sixth-ranked Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Daniel Ribeiro won the pommel horse and Jordan Valdez and Cameron Rogers claimed the top two spots for Illinois in the all-around.

In men's golf:

No. 7 Illinois dropped matches to Northwestern and Ohio State to finish fourth at the Big Ten Match Play event in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Champaign's Clayton Parkhill won twice Saturday, beating Northwestern's Jack Perry 3 and 1 before disposing of Ohio State's Zack Sobel 3 and 2. Parkhill was the only Illini to finish the event 3-0.

Scott Langley, last year's NCAA champion, posted a 1-up win against Northwestern's David Lipsky, and Thomas Pieters beat the Wildcats' Nick Losole 3 and 2.

Against Ohio State, Mason Jacobs tallied a 4- and-3 win against Matt Turner.

In wrestling:

Seventh-ranked B.J. Futrell (133 pounds) and Conrad Polz (165) registered pins for No. 20 Illinois in a 34-7 road win against Lock Haven (Pa.). No. 4 Jimmy Kennedy (141) won by technical fall, and Eric Terrazas (149), Jackson Morse (157) and Tony Dallago (184) won by major decisions.

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