All posts by Aaron Yost

Aaron Yost is a freelance sports reporter, writer and photographer with a career spanning more than three decades at five different newspapers in Oregon. He has covered the Pac-10/Pac-12 Conference on a regular basis since 1993.
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Inside the WCC: Lechich recovers from Saturday’s loss with a gem

PORTLAND, Ore. – Louie Lechich shrugged off a ninth-inning disaster on Saturday to lead San Diego to a West Coast Conference series victory over Portland on Sunday at Joe Ertz Field.

Lechich, in the game to close a 9-8 victory on Saturday, was one strike away from a save with no runners on. What followed was an NCAA-contender’s worst nightmare. Portland rallied for a 10-9 victory and the Pilots had an opportunity to win the series entering Sunday. Continue reading

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Inside the Pac-12: Cal Quantrill walking in Mussina, Appel’s footsteps at Stanford

It takes a special personality to walk the same path as Mike Mussina and Mark Appel.

Just for starters you have to be a strong enough student to gain admission to Stanford University. Then comes the physical ability to pitch at an insanely high level, and finally there is the opportunity. That window may be the tiniest to slip through. Continue reading

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College baseball’s regal rivalry: Mississippi State vs. LSU

College football has Ohio State and Michigan, Texas and Oklahoma, Auburn and Alabama, and every “state” rivalry possible.

College basketball has Duke and North Carolina, Kentucky and Louisville, UCLA and Arizona.

Storied rivalries all in their respective sports. In college baseball there are many great rivalries within conferences. Mississippi State against Louisiana State might be the best of the bunch, with it’s fervent and fevered fandoms that, when the games are over, can act like southern gentlemen. Continue reading

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CBD Column: A different draft story lands freshman at Oregon State

As last summer’s baseball season began, Caleb Hamilton had his plans fairly set. He would play alongside Oregon State-bound catcher Logan Ice and then walk-on at Washington.

Then came a phone call after a summer game. The Washington Nationals had drafted the Woodinville, Wash., product. Hamilton began to rethink his options and asked to meet with Oregon State head coach Pat Casey. Continue reading