One of the surest things in college baseball turned out to be not such a sure thing at all on Saturday afternoon. Luke Heimlich, Oregon State’s senior left-hander, entered Saturday with a 16-1 record, leading the nation in wins and having already been named the Pac-12 and National Pitcher of the Year.
Then he was chased in fewer than 3 innings en route to Oregon State’s 8-6 loss to North Carolina.
The Tar Heels scored once in the second inning and added 5 runs in the third. Heimlich was pulled with the bases loaded and the score at 3-1, but all 3 runners that Brandon Eisert inherited would score.
The Beavers did make a game of it, closing the gap to 6-4 in the bottom of the third and then 8-6 in the seventh, but still fell short.
Oregon State will play in an elimination game on Monday at 11 a.m. PT.