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.
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