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MM 8.26: Former Maryland baseball star Brandon Lowe reaches 30 home runs

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

MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at Philadelphia Phillies Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Former Maryland baseball and current Tampa Bay Rays player Brandon Lowe collected his 30th home run of the 2021 season last night while playing against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Lowe rocketed a solo homer to right-center field in the top of the fifth inning to extend his team’s lead to two runs. The one-run bomb was the only hit of Lowe’s evening as he went just 1-for-5 at the plate in the 7-4 win for the Rays.

With the home run, the former Terp now has 30 home runs on the season, which is his new career-high in a single season by a longshot. Lowe’s previous season-high was 17 home runs back in 2019. Before knocking 30 home runs for Tampa Bay this season, Lowe’s combined career home run total was 37.

He has been on a hot-hitting tear as of late, tallying 11 hits, including four home runs, in his last nine games. Lowe’s solid hitting all season has helped the Rays maintain a slight lead over the New York Yankees for first place in the AL East.

In other news

Maryland volleyball has its season opener against Virginia on Friday and Colin previewed the team’s season.

Maryland football wide receiver Dontay Demus Jr. was Mic’d Up at the team’s practice.

Maryland men’s soccer had its final practice before its season-opening match against No. 18 Charlotte on Thursday.

Maryland women’s basketball highlighted the team’s stellar combined record over the past two seasons.