IU baseball coach Jeff Mercer tests positive for COVID, PSU games postponed

Indiana’s home opener with Penn State was postponed Friday because of positive COVID-19 tests for IU coach Jeff Mercer.

Mercer was found positive via an antigen test the morning of what was supposed to be a Friday doubleheader, with first pitch coming at 1 p.m. A couple of hours after IU announced the first game was pushed back to 2 p.m., Friday’s games were called off altogether.

Mercer’s confirmatory PCR test had come back positive, as well.

“This morning I tested positive for COVID-19,” Mercer said in a statement released by IU. “I’m experiencing minor symptoms and will now enter my 10-day isolation period. I look forward to communicating with the team during my absence and rejoining the team when it’s safe to do so.”

As the postponement was announced, Penn State was still on the field taking batting practice. IU’s players started to leave their dugout at Bart Kaufman Field, as they were about to undergo further testing due to Mercer’s positive result. IU said the remainder of the weekend’s schedule with Penn State would be determined at a later point.

IU (3-1) was scheduled to play four games with the Nittany Lions (2-2) this weekend, including single games on Saturday and Sunday.