Gabe Bierman is a pitcher for the IU baseball team. Last season as a true freshman out of Jeffersonville, Indiana he slowly became more and more important for the Hoosiers, constantly improving over the course of the season. In May he was the pitcher tasked with closing out the win that clinched IU’s first Big Ten championship since 2014, throwing three shutout innings to cap off a historic regular season.
That performance became even more noteworthy after the game when IU head coach Jeff Mercer revealed that Bierman’s father Dougie had passed away just days earlier. Bierman continued to pitch through IU’s postseason run, showing admirable composure and toughness while picking up the lone win of the Louisville regional for the Hoosiers in a matchup with Illinois-Chicago.
Now the Bierman family has come forward and asked for support in the face of this disaster. In a post on Facebook Shannon Bierman Scott said:
“In honor and to celebrate this great man (our family has) decided to enlist the help of the community Dougie loved and treasured so much. Unbenounced to the family he had no life insurance or arrangements for his surviving heirs. Please help us raise money to fund the continued education of his three children Gabriel, Mekenzi, and Myles who lost their father sooner than anyone could ever anticipate.”
If you’d like to help there are multiple ways to do so. There’s a donation page on Facebook, they’ve also set up a GoFundMe and if you’re the sporting type there will also be memorial golf scramble, the details for which can be found here.
So go! Share what you can! Tweet, post and spread the word! Let’s put the power of the Internet and the IU community to work!