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Three Beavers Named All-Americans

The honors are the first for all three

TUCSON, Ariz. – Oregon State junior Luke Heimlich and redshirt junior Jake Thompson have been named First-Team All-Americans and sophomore Nick Madrigal has been named a Third-Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball, as announced by the publication on Thursday.
 
The All-American honors are the first for all three. Heimlich, Thompson and Madrigal were also recognized by the Pac-12 as All-Academic selections on Tuesday. Thompson, an economics major, was named First-Team while Heimlich, a speech communication major, and Madrigal, a sociology major, were selected Honorable Mention.
 
Heimlich, who hails from Puyallup, Wash., holds the nation's lowest earned run average at 0.81, and his 120 strikeouts, in 111 innings, are 11 shy of tying Jonah Nickerson's single-season school-record of 131 in 2006. Heimlich is 10-1 overall and carries a 4-0 record and 0.25 ERA in non-conference play into the postseason. He was a three-time Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week honoree this season.
 
On Wednesday, Heimlich was also named one of five finalists for the College Baseball Hall Of Fame's Pitcher of the Year award in addition to being named one of 25 semifinalists for the Golden Spikes Award.
 
Thompson is the nation's leader with 12 victories, and holds a 1.31 ERA in 16 appearances, 15 of which were starts. The Florence, Ore., native tallied one complete-game shutout, struck out 96 in 103 innings and held opponents to a .183 average during the regular season. Thompson was selected as the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week twice this season.
 
The right-hander is eligible to be named a CoSIDA Academic All-American, with those selections expected to be announced this week. He was named CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 in May.
 
Madrigal, an Elk Grove, Calif., native, will enter the Corvallis Regional with a .377 batting average, 18 doubles, two triples, four home runs and 31 RBI. He is also 15-for-17 in stolen-base attempts this season. The sophomore, who has split time between shortstop and second base, has committed just four errors this season for a .981 fielding percentage.
 
Like Heimlich, Madrigal is a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award.
 
The three selections give the Beavers at least one All-American in seven consecutive years. It is the third time over that stretch OSU has totaled two or more.
 
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