Hayasaki a Hall of Famer

Hayasaki a Hall of Famer


INDIANAPOLIS — Former University of Illinois men’s gymnastics coach Yoshi Hayasaki has been selected to the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame.

Hayasaki is one of six 2014 inductees announced Monday. The induction ceremony is scheduled for Aug. 22 during the P&G Gymnastics Championships at Pittsburgh, Pa.

Hayasaki served as Illini head coach for 33 seasons, a tenure highlighted by an NCAA team title and national Coach of the Year award in 1989.

His UI teams won six Big Ten titles, and he was named the conference’s Coach of the Year four times.

Hayasaki also served as the personal coach for Olympians Dominick Minicucci (1988, 1992) and Charles Lakes (1988). During his UI career, Hayasaki coached 10 individual NCAA champions and 89 All-Americans.

As a gymnast at the University of Washington, Hayasaki won NCAA all-around titles in 1970 and 1971, and the high bar title in 1970.

He was the Amateur Athletic Union all-around champion in 1967 and the U.S. champion in 1968, winning titles on still rings, parallel bars, and high bar.

The other inductees include 2002 uneven bars world champion and two-time Olympic medalist Courtney Kupets; 2008 Olympic all-around gold medalist Nastia Liukin; three-time U.S. rhythmic gymnastics all-around champion Lisa Wang; and 2004 Olympic silver medalist Blaine Wilson.


In baseball:

Illinois State 6, Illinois 2. The Redbirds made Illinois pay for two errors, scoring five unearned runs in the first two innings en route to a nonconference victory at Normal.

The Illini (18-14) outhit ISU 10-8 but left 12 runners on base while losing their third straight game.

UI starter Cody Sedlock (1-2) was tagged with the loss. Although only one of the six runs he allowed was earned, the freshman right-hander also gave up five hits and walked two in 1 2/3 innings.

Illinois scored its first run in the fourth inning when Jason Goldstein belted a one-out double, moved up a base on David Kerian’s two-out single, and scored on a wild pitch.

The Illini couldn’t score again until the ninth, when Adam Walton singled in Will Krug from second base.

Walton extended his hitting streak to 14 games, a team high this season, while going 3 for 5. Goldstein also went 3 for 5.

Four Illini relievers combined to hold ISU (22-11) to three hits and no runs over the final 6 1/3 innings.



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