Oregon State University

Oregon St's Luke Heimlich asks to be excused from playing

Oregon State's top pitcher, who as a teenager pleaded guilty to molesting a 6-year-old girl, released a statement Friday saying he has asked to be excused from playing.

Luke Heimlich said in the statement that he didn't want to be a distraction to the team, which began play in the NCAA super regionals on Friday evening against Vanderbilt. Heimlich's attorney, Stephen Ensor, released the statement just 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 in the statement.

He also said, "I have taken...