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The top pitcher for No. 1 Oregon State, who as a 15-year-old pleaded guilty to molesting a 6-year-old female family member, released a statement Friday saying he has asked to be excused from playing in the NCAA super regionals.

Luke Heimlich said he didn't want to be a distraction to the team, which began a best-of-three series Friday night against Vanderbilt. Heimlich's attorney, Stephen Ensor, released the statement hours before the game.

"I'm so proud of our team's accomplishment and don't want to be a distraction; therefore I've respectfully requested to be excused from playing at this time," Heimlich said.

He also said, "I have taken responsibility for my conduct when I was a teenager."

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Heimlich's criminal history was first reported by The Oregonian on Thursday. In an editorial accompanying the article, the newspaper said it learned about Heimlich's 2012 conviction while doing a routine background check before running a profile on him.

Heimlich, a junior left-hander from Puyallup, Wash., is 11-1 with an 0.76 ERA. He is projected to be an early round pick in next week's major league draft.

"I'm grateful for the counseling I received and since then I realized the only way forward was to work each day on becoming the best person, community member and student I can possibly be," Heimlich said in Friday's statement. "I understand many people now see me differently, but I hope I can eventually be judged by the person I am today."

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June 10, 2017


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