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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Wetzler’s complete game, Hayes’ bat send Oregon State to Corvallis Regional title

OregonStateFistPumpCORVALLIS, Ore. – Ben Wetzler gave up a run in the first inning, then shut Texas A&M out the remainder of the game as Oregon State wore the Aggies out to take a 6-1 victory and the Corvallis Regional title on Sunday night.

A Friday night starter in 2012, Wetzler has been the Beavers’ Sunday starter since returning from a sore back part way through the nonconference season. He delivered an all-Pac-12 worthy season, earning first team accolades along with OSU’s other weekend starters. Against A&M, he might have been better than ever. Continue reading

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Texas A&M slips past UC Santa Barbara, faces Oregon State next

TexasAMFeaturedCORVALLIS, Ore. – A big early lead was just enough to keep the Texas A&M Aggies hopes alive for at least a few more hours.

The Aggies led UC Santa Barbara 4-0 after three innings – getting a two-run double from first baseman Cole Lankford in the third – and escaped the Gauchos seventh-inning rally by turning to closer Jason Jester. That got them a 5-4 victory and a shot at the Corvallis Regional’s top-seed, Oregon State. Continue reading

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Bloodied, but unbeaten, Beavers stick with late game in Corvallis Regional

OregonStateFeaturedCORVALLIS, Ore. – Even before the game began, Oregon State was bloody.

Playing in the visiting dugout for the first time all season, starting pitcher Andrew Moore noticed a trail of blood leading to the dugout. Then he realized the blood was from Jake Rodriguez – the first-team all-Pac-12 catcher who had just finished warming up Moore.

“It’s just something that happens,” Moore said. “I had a bloody nose in basketball last season right before a game and you just have to wait for it to stop bleeding.” Continue reading

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Parker Rey, Cole Lankford carry Aggies to Texas-sized elimination game win

TexasAMUTSAFeaturedCORVALLIS, Ore. – Cole Lankford helped get Texas A&M off to a dynamite start, doubling in a run in the first inning, and Parker Ray was dominant on the mound for 8 2/3 innings as the Aggies defeated UT San Antonio 6-1 in an elimination game at the Corvallis Regional.

Lankford finished the game 5-for-5, scored a run and drove in two to lead a 12-hit assault that the Roadrunners were unable to match. Continue reading

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Beavers escape UTSA upset effort in Corvallis Regional

OregonStateUTSAFeaturedCORVALLIS, Ore. – Sophomore Dylan Davis delivered for Oregon State, again.

This time, Davis prevented an epic fail by the No. 3 national seed Beavers in their opener of the Corvallis Regional. He smashed a one-out, first-pitch fastball into the gap in right center, scoring Tyler Smith and Michael Conforto, to lift the Beavers to a 5-4 victory over UT San Antonio, a team that came in seeded fourth in the regional after winning the WAC tourney.

A week ago, Davis scored the series-winning run in the bottom of the ninth against Washington State, putting the wrapping paper on the Beavers third conference title since 2005, but first since 2006. Continue reading

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Gauchos hold off Texas A&M in Corvallis Regional opener

UCSBRegionalFeaturedImageCORVALLIS, Ore. – Austin Pettibone lifted UC Santa Barbara on his shoulders, delivering three pitches for strikes and keeping Texas A&M off-balance for 7 2/3 innings in the Corvallis Regional. The Gauchos responded to his efforts, providing enough offense for a 6-4 victory in their postseason appearance since 2001.

For A&M, workhorse ace Daniel Mengden wasn’t his usual efficient self, lasting just one out into the fourth. He gave up six hits, five runs – four earned – and three walks in front of 1,783 baseball fans at Goss Stadium. Continue reading

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2013 Corvallis (OR) NCAA Regional Preview

OregonStatePreviewFeaturedOregon State is right where the Beavers want to be: at home for an NCAA Regional for the fourth time in school history, all since 2005.

As the No. 3 national seed, the Beavers are also set to host the Super Regional should they advance from the Corvallis Regional.

Standing against the Pac-12 Conference champions: No. 2 seed Texas A&M, No. 3 seed UC Santa Barbara and No. 4 seed Texas San Antonio.

Here’s a breakdown, team by team: Continue reading

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Matt Boyd leading the Beavers on the Field

MattBoydOregonStateOregon State freshman Andrew Moore leaned over and patted senior Matt Boyd’s arm during the NCAA Selection show on ESPNU.

“I couldn’t believe they overlooked Matt. He’s been our Friday night guy all season long, going up against the Appels and …” Moore said. “It was nice to get the shout out, but…”

Moore and junior Ben Wetzler – the Beavers’ Saturday and Sunday starters – were credited with anchoring the OSU staff by ESPN’s studio crew. That created the appearance that the senior lefthander was just another member of the pitching staff. Continue reading