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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.
WSU coach Greg Lovelady asks for an explanation on a fair call on the first base line from plate umpire Mike Whitty.

CBD Column: Lovelady learning from the best at Wright State

Wright State coach Greg Lovelady, in his first season in charge of the Raiders, listens to the plate talk with 20th-year Oregon State coach Pat Casey and plate umpire Mike Whitty.
Wright State coach Greg Lovelady, in his first season in charge of the Raiders, listens to the plate talk with 20th-year Oregon State coach Pat Casey and plate umpire Mike Whitty.

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

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Could Oregon State pitcher Ben Wetzler’s case bring change to NCAA?

Oregon State senior Ben Wetzler delivers to the plate in the first inning against Wright State on Sunday.
Oregon State senior Ben Wetzler delivers to the plate in the first inning against Wright State on Sunday.

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

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CBD Opinion: NCAA needs to get with the times regarding MLB draftees

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

CBD Photo Gallery: Oregon State holds first scrimmage of Fall

OregonStateFistPumpCORVALLIS, 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

CBD Column: West Coast League challenging the Cape?

Photo by Aaron Yost The West Coast League is growing quickly - both in membership and profile - as players discover the advantages of playing in a summer collegiate league that has teams in two states and a Canadian province.
Photo by Aaron Yost
The West Coast League is growing quickly – both in membership and profile – as players discover the advantages of playing in a summer collegiate league that has teams in two states and a Canadian province.

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

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Corvallis Super Regional: Beavers punch their ticket to Omaha with Wetzler, Boyd

BoydCelebrationFeaturedCORVALLIS, Ore. – A year ago, Oregon State catcher Jake Rodriguez was coping with far more than the end of the Beavers season.

He was wrought with grief after the death of his father on June 10, 2012.

Exactly 365 days later, Rodriguez applied the tag that effectively ended Kansas State’s baseball season in the Corvallis Super Regional. Continue reading

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Beavers bash their way into Game 3 with 21 hits against Kansas State

MichealConfortoOregonStateFeaturedCORVALLIS, 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

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2013 Corvallis Super Regional: Wildcats scratch past Oregon State in Opener

KStateHuddleFeaturedCORVALLIS, Ore. – Kansas State made No. 3 national seed Oregon State’s pitchers work for every out.

The Wildcats took pitches, fouled pitches off and denied OSU anything resembling an easy inning for most of Saturday’s opener of the Corvallis Super Regional. Continue reading