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MM 12.1: Maryland softball releases its schedule for the 2022 season

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This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

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Maryland softball released its 2022 season schedule on Tuesday.

The season will begin with a trip to Miami, Florida for the FIU Tournament held at Florida International University. The Terps will return home for their first game at Maryland Softball Stadium on March 16 when they host UMBC in the first game of the Maryland Invitational.

The Terps will play the entire first month of the season away from home when they compete in a variety of events on the road. Maryland will face off against a plethora of ranked opponents, such as No. 25 Liberty, No. 13 Missouri, No. 11 Arkansas and No. 4 James Madison.

Maryland will kick off conference play when it travels to play a series at Penn State starting March 25. After that, the Terps will get their first Big Ten home series of 2022 when they welcome Iowa from April 1-3. The Terps’ other Big Ten matchups are at Purdue, Michigan, a doubleheader against Rutgers, Minnesota, Michigan State and Ohio State.

Last season, Maryland was only able to play conference opponents and finished with a final record of 19-25. Its signature victory was a 2-1 victory over No. 24 Minnesota, the program’s first victory over a ranked opponent since 2017.

In other news

Dylan Spilko previewed the Maryland men’s basketball matchup against Virginia Tech.

Dylan Spilko also wrote about Maryland football’s freshman linebacker Branden Jennings entering the transfer portal.

Matt Levine looked at how former Terps in the NFL performed this past weekend in the NFL.

Maryland football had five players receive All-Big Ten honors for their performances this season. Defensive lineman Sam Okuayinonu was named to the All-Big Ten Third Team. Defensive lineman Ami Finau, defensive back Jakorian Bennett, safety Jordan Mosley and safety Nick Cross were all given All-Big Ten honorable mentions.

Senior middle blocker Rainelle Jones became the first Maryland volleyball player to lead the NCAA in a statistical category, finishing first in the country with 1.73 blocks per set.

Tonight’s Maryland men’s basketball game against Virginia Tech will be the annual Gold Rush game. The first 4,000 students to arrive will receive replica No. 34 Len Bias jerseys to match the team’s gold uniforms.

Maryland wrestler Zach Schrader was ranked 33rd in the country in InterMat’s heavyweight rankings. Schrader currently holds a record of 5-2 on the season.

Former Terrapins defensive back J.C. Jackson has put together an impressive last two seasons for the New England Patriots, becoming the first NFL player since 2013 to record seven interceptions in back-to-back seasons.