Elijah Dunham takes on leadership role with reshaped IU baseball team



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Then-sophomore outfielder Elijah Dunham avoided a pitch April 16, 2019, at Bart Kaufman Field. Dunham was selected in the 40th round of the 2019 MLB Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates but chose not to sign and returned to college instead.

IDS file photo: Alex Deryn

Last year IU baseball head coach Jeff Mercer took over a group still built to play to the style of their former coach, Chris Lemonis. Lemonis, who left for the head coaching job at Mississippi State University, put together an IU roster hell-bent on winning by playing for home runs, and only home runs. 

It’s now Mercer’s second year in Bloomington now. IU’s 10 player draft class last year was the largest in team history. After adjusting to coach the power hitters he had in year…

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