The Oklahoma State Cowboys baseball team has lost its ace.
After a disturbing report revealed ace Luke Heimlich molested a six-year-old girl when he was 15, the pitcher has decided to leave the the No. 1 ranked Beavers, according to The Oregonian.
Heimlich released a statement regarding the crime, which led to him being listed as a sex offender.
“I understand that many people now see me differently, but I hope that I can eventually be judged for the person I am today,” Heimlich said. “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’s past was revealed after he failed to update his state court records regarding his sex offender status.
No one has stated whether Heimlich will return at any time during the Super Regionals.
Without Oklahoma State’s top pitcher in the rotation, redshirt junior Jake Thompson will be taking his place against Vanderbilt.