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MM 5.8: Maryland softball earns No. 8 seed in Big Ten Tournament following sweep of Illinois

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

Photo courtesy of Maryland Athletics.

Maryland softball (36-16, 11-11 Big Ten) earned the No. 8 seed in the Big Ten Tournament following a three-game sweep over Illinois this past weekend. The tournament will take place from May 10-13.

The road sweep was the Terps’ first since joining the Big Ten in 2014. Maryland outscored the Illini a combined 20-4 in the series.

Saturday’s 8-1 win marked the Terps’ 10th conference win of the season, making it the third consecutive year in which they have won at least 10 Big Ten contests.

Maryland, which has racked up its most wins in a single season since 2011, will face No. 9-seed Iowa in the first round on Wednesday. The Terps won the regular-season series between the two teams, 2-1.

In other news

Maryland men’s lacrosse fell to Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament championship Saturday, 14-5. Colin McNamara covered the game from Baltimore. The Terps earned the No. 4 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Maryland women’s lacrosse also lost in the Big Ten Tournament championship Saturday. It lost to No. 1 Northwestern, 14-9. Ryan Alonardo recapped the defeat. The Terps are unseeded in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 17 years.

Maryland baseball won its sixth straight Big Ten series, winning two of three games against Nebraska. Ben Wolf covered games one and two, and Jon Iacovacci had coverage of Sunday’s rubber match.

Maryland baseball set numerous records in Sunday’s 20-5 win over the Cornhuskers, highlighted by senior third baseman Nick Lorusso breaking the program’s single-season RBI record.

Maryland women’s basketball’s Shyanne Sellers, Faith Masonius, Brinae Alexander and Bri McDaniel fell in the quarterfinals of the USA Basketball 3X Nationals.

Maryland track and field enjoyed Senior Day on Friday during the annual Kehoe Twilight meet in College Park.

Maryland women’s golf is competing in the NCAA Regionals on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Incoming Maryland men’s basketball freshman Deshawn Harris-Smith is the No. 25 recruit in the nation, per 247Sports.

First-round NFL draft pick Deonte Banks had his first day of practice with the New York Giants.

Maryland men’s soccer showed off its 2022 Big Ten championship rings.