Oregon State Heimlich Baseball

FILE--In this May 31, 2015, Oregon State's Luke Heimlich pitches to a Dallas Baptist batter during the third inning of an NCAA college baseball tournament regional game in Dallas, Texas. Heimlich, a standout pitcher for Oregon State’s top-ranked baseball team, pleaded guilty to a single count of molesting a 6-year-old girl when he was a teenager. Heimlich’s criminal history was reported by The Oregonian/OregonLive on Thursday, June 8, 2017. The newspaper says it learned about the 2012 conviction while doing a routine background check on Heimlich before running a profile on him. (AP Photo/Ralph Lauer, file)

Ralph Lauer

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Luke Heimlich, a standout pitcher for Oregon State's top-ranked baseball team, pleaded guilty to a single count of molesting a 6-year-old girl when he was a teenager.

Heimlich's criminal history was reported by The Oregonian/OregonLive on Thursday.

The newspaper says it learned about the 2012 conviction while doing a routine background check on Heimlich before running a profile on him. Heimlich did not respond to requests for comment from the newspaper. Coach Pat Casey declined to comment.

Oregon State spokesman Steve Clark did not immediately return a message from The Associated Press and neither did an attorney for Heimlich.

Heimlich is the top pitcher on Oregon State's No. 1-ranked baseball team, compiling an 11-1 record with a 0.76 ERA.

He's slated to pitch in this weekend's regional final against Vanderbilt. The winner advances to the College World Series.

The left-hander is projected to be an early round pick in next week's Major League Baseball draft.