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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.

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 CBD Column: West Coast League challenging the Cape?

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

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

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

2013 Super Regional Preview: Corvallis (OR)

OregonStateCelebrationFeaturedCORVALLIS, Ore. – Who Kansas State and Oregon State are as teams has been firmly established during the 119 combined games the two clubs have played.

Champions of the Big-12, the Wildcats are offensive-minded with a team batting average of .324, 399 runs scored, 78 sacrifices, a team fielding percentage of .975 and an ERA of 3.86, led by freshman reliever Jake Matthys (8-1, 9 saves) and his 1.96 in 55 innings.

No. 3 national seeds and Pac-12 champions, the Super Regional host Beavers are built on pitching – team ERA of 2.13, nine pitchers with an ERA under 3.00 and at least 15 innings pitched – defense with a .971 fielding percentage, and opportune offense. Continue reading 2013 Super Regional Preview: Corvallis (OR)

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

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

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

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

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 Beavers escape UTSA upset effort in Corvallis Regional