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.
As a first-year head coach, Wright State’s Greg Lovelady is taking every opportunity to improve his understanding of the game and management of the ballplayers in his care.
It’s Lovelady’s 10th year overall at Wright State, but his first in charge of everything after nine seasons as Rob Cooper’s assistant. His baseball pedigree includes two national championships (1999, 2001) as a player at Miami, a brief pro career in the Florida Marlins minor league system, and three regional appearances with the Raiders (2006, 2009, 2011). Continue reading →
I was a guest on Oregon Public Radio’s Think Out Loud program on Monday afternoon to discuss the Ben Wetzler situation. Wetzler made his first start of the season for Oregon State on Sunday afternoon. You can check out the full audio below. Continue reading →
Twenty percent of his senior season. That was the punishment the NCAA meted out to Oregon State left hander Ben Wetzler for turning down the Philadelphia Phillies’ various overtures last summer and returning to play for the Beavers.
Thanks to being a pitcher, the 11-game suspension only cost Wetzler two starts and hasn’t hurt the Beavers on the field, where they’re 9-3 after winning three of four games with Wright State over the weekend. Wetzler made his first start of the season in Sunday’s series finale. Continue reading →
Oregon State left-hander Ben Wetzler’s senior season is on hold for what appear to be the weakest of reasons.
A fifth-round draft pick in 2013 by Philadelphia, Wetzler could not come to an agreement with the Phillies and opted to return to the Beavers for one more shot at a College World Series title. Reportedly, he left a mid-six-figure signing bonus in making that decision. Continue reading →
CORVALLIS, Ore. – High rankings don’t mean much to Pat Casey.
Oregon State’s 20th-year coach is far more interested in deciding who will be the final players to make the team’s roster when the season starts on Valentine’s Day against Gonzaga in Tempe, Ariz. Continue reading →
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State got on the field for an intra-squad scrimmage for the first time this fall on Friday. The Beavers had been prevented from scrimmaging earlier by weeks of steady rain that finally broke on Thursday. OSU finished tied for third at the College World Series in June and has two-thirds of its weekend starters returning. Continue reading →
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Playing on the Cape is still the goal for most collegiate players during their summer break.
Pro scouts flock to the league to look at prospects, but there’s a sense on the Left Coast that a summer in the West Coast League can prove a player’s ability to perform at the next level as well. Continue reading →
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Michael Conforto and Dylan Davis had done it before, but that was more than two years ago when they were high school seniors at Redmond (Wash.) High.
This time, it was a much bigger stage – with the bright TV lights of ESPN in the first inning of the second game of the Corvallis Super Regional – and the best friends ignited a hitting display of awe-inspiring proportions, belting back-to-back two-out home runs to right center field. Oregon State turned that into a five-run outburst and the Beavers never glanced back en route to a 12-4 victory that evened the best-of-three series at a game each. Continue reading →