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Maryland baseball’s Nick Dunn, Kevin Biondic make All-Big Ten teams

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

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Maryland baseball underachieved as a whole this season, but still had two players perform at all-conference levels. The Big Ten announced its postseason honors Tuesday with second baseman Nick Dunn and first baseman and pitcher Kevin Biondic were given first and second-team honors, respectively.

Dunn was one of the bright spots in an offense that had its fair share of struggles en route to missing the conference tournament. The junior led the team in most statistical categories, batting .330 with a .419 on-base percentage and .561 slugging percentage, 70 hits, 39 RBIs and runs, 17 doubles and 10 home runs.

Dunn becomes the the fifth Terp to take home first-team honors since Maryland joined the conference, along with Marty Costes and Brian Shaffer last season and Mike Shawaryn and Brandon Lowe in 2015. He’ll add the honor to his third-team and all-freshman team nods from 2016. Dunn’s season also means he’ll almost definitely hear his name called in the early rounds of next month’s MLB draft.

Biondic’s versatility as both a pitcher and first baseman saw him honored with the second team’s utility slot. He was second to Dunn with a .279 batting average and also had six home runs while being a go-to bullpen option. In 24.1 innings pitched, the righty posted a 2-1 record with 27 strikeouts and a bullpen-best 2.59 ERA. In addition to two saves from the mound, the senior was also phenomenal at first base, notching 463 putouts to just one error.

In other news

With the draft combine done, Thomas and I took an in-depth look at the options Kevin Huerter and Bruno Fernando have on the table.

Looking ahead to a reality that is unlikely to include Huerter, Mark Turgeon’s staff has expressed interest in Towson transfer Zane Martin.

Not tired of dreading Huerter’s draft decision? Here’s SI’s latest mock, which now has him as the No. 18 pick in the draft.

It’s a guest-heavy podcast this week as Justin, Thomas and I hopped on to talk about the lacrosse teams’ respective paths to the Final Four, Huerter and Fernando’s combine showings, and more.

We sent our women’s lacrosse writer, Sean Montiel, into enemy territory for a Q&A with BC Interruption to give some info on our title-defending Terps.

After studying under the tutelage of Will Likely III as an underclassman, Darnell Savage Jr. has put himself in position to be one of football’s senior leaders from the safety spot, from PressBox.

Former three-time Tewaaraton Award winner Taylor Cummings has a new title: head coach. After a year as an assistant at her alma mater, she’s been promoted to the top shot-caller for McDonogh girls’ lacrosse, from The Baltimore Sun.

With the new Cole Field House practice facility already in use, it was only a matter of time before the next phase of construction started to yield visible results. That time has come, with the tunnel from the locker room to Maryland Stadium starting to take form.

After sitting out spring ball, it appears offensive lineman Derwin Gray has been in the gym the entire time. He flexed on Twitter yesterday, and it looks like workouts have gone as planned.