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D1Baseball Podcasts: Sidearm Delivery, Episode 9 With Indiana’s Jeff Mercer

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Indiana (13-7) is coming off a dramatic weekend, winning on a walk-off homer from nine-hole hitter Collin Hopkins and then getting the first no-hitter in program history since 1984 from McCade Brown and Braydon Tucker despite eight walks. The Hoosiers’ pitching has been its strength this season. It leads the nation in hits allowed per nine innings (5.66), is fifth in ERA (2.72) and eighth in WHIP (1.13), but the Hoosiers have really struggled offensively. 

We talk to Mercer about how the pandemic has affected the offense, what the coaching staff has been doing differently because of the unique challenges the 2021 season has presented and how Indiana was able to bounce back from a five-game losing streak last weekend. We’ll also look at how McCade Brown’s growth has impacted the rest of the pitching staff before D1Baseball Midwest reporter Burke Granger joins us to discuss Indiana and the Big Ten along with what Midwest players have really turned heads this spring.

Previous Episodes:
Ep. 8 – Gonzaga’s Mark Machtolf
Ep. 7 – West Coast Q&A
Ep. 6 – Oklahoma State’s Josh Holliday
Ep. 5 – Washington State’s Brian Green
Ep. 4 – Miami’s Gino DiMare
Ep. 3 – Vanderbilt’s Tim Corbin
Ep. 2 – Michigan’s Erik Bakich
Ep. 1 – Long Beach State’s Eric Valenzuela

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