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.

Inside the Pac-12: Patience gives Beavers series win over Oregon in Civil War

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State coach Pat Casey said on Friday that the key to beating arch rival Oregon was beating the Ducks’ pitching.

On Saturday night, Casey and the Beavers needed eight innings to prove him correct, again. OSU broke through for four hits and four runs in the bottom of the eighth to wrap up the Pac-12 series win and gain a percentage-points lead over Washington in the race for the conference title. Continue reading Inside the Pac-12: Patience gives Beavers series win over Oregon in Civil War

Inside the Pac-12: Wetzler becomes Oregon State’s ace of aces

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Senior lefthander Ben Wetzler isn’t interested in individual accomplishments.

He did forego professional riches to become the winningest pitcher in Oregon State history. Wetzler, a fifth-round draft pick of the Philadelphia Phillies in June 2013, returned to the Beavers for one simple reason.

“The dog pile,” he said. Continue reading Inside the Pac-12: Wetzler becomes Oregon State’s ace of aces

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 Inside the WCC: Lechich recovers from Saturday’s loss with a gem

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

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