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MM 9.24: Former Maryland baseball star Brandon Lowe and Tampa Bay Rays advance to MLB playoffs

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

Toronto Blue Jays v. Tampa Bay Rays Photo by Mike Carlson/MLB Photos via Getty Images

Former Maryland baseball star and current Tampa Bay Ray Brandon Lowe will compete in the upcoming 2021 MLB playoffs after his team officially clinched a postseason spot.

The former Terp has hit with a .236 batting average, while producing 89 runs, 119 hits, 34 home runs and 86 RBIs throughout the 2021 season. Lowe has recorded nine runs and 16 hits across the past 15 games.

Lowe’s solid level of play has helped the Rays maintain first place in the AL East. Heading into the weekend, the Rays have a six-game lead over second place the Boston Red Sox in the division.

While at Maryland, the Virginia native was recognized with third-team All-ACC honors and finished the 2014 season with a team-high .348 batting average, ranking second in the ACC.

In other news

Sam Oshtry reviewed quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa’s growth as a quarterback.

Dylan Spilko discussed Sam Okuayinonu’s journey to becoming one of Maryland’s strongest defenders.

Joseph Lotano previewed the men’s soccer game slated for Friday night.

Maryland softball will begin its fall season Friday.

No. 8 Maryland men's soccer is getting set for its Big Ten matchup with Ohio State on the road on Friday.

Former Maryland football star wide receiver DJ Moore recorded eight catches for 126 yards in the Carolina Panthers’ 24-9 win over the Houston Texans on Thursday night.

Maryland men’s basketball’s Ike Cornish took over the program’s Instagram for a day.