Beavers’ Luke Heimlich: ‘Fans can cheer me. They can boo’

Luke Heimlich
The Associated Press

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Oregon State pitcher Luke Heimlich is the probable starter in the opening game of the College World Series on Saturday against North Carolina.

He says he is ready for any kind of reception he receives from the fans.

The 22-year-old Heimlich pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a young relative when he was 15. He has denied wrongdoing in recent interviews with Sports Illustrated and The New York Times, saying he entered the guilty plea to spare his family the ordeal of a trial.

Heimlich leads the nation in wins with a school-record 16-1 record and 151 strikeouts. He was named Pac-12 pitcher of the year for the second straight season.

Last year, after The Oregonian newspaper first reported Heimlich’s juvenile record, Heimlich opted to sit out the super regional and did not make the trip to Omaha.