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Maryland baseball’s Maxwell Costes wins Big Ten Player & Freshman of the Week

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

When Marty Costes left Maryland baseball last year, his departure left a void in the Terps lineup. His brother, Maxwell, has filled the void so far, and won Big Ten Player and Freshman of the Week for his stellar performance over the weekend.

In Maryland’s three-game sweep of Maine, the younger Costes went 4-for-9 with three doubles and six runs batted in. The final two games in the series were the first multi-hit games in his young career, and his four RBIs on Sunday got the Terps on the board and provided key insurance runs late in the game. The last freshman to have four RBIs in a game was his brother in 2016.

Maxwell has reached base in every game to start his Maryland career, and leads the Terps in batting average (.350), hits (7) and RBIs (7) and is tied with Taylor Wright for the team lead in doubles (3).

Costes is the first Maryland player to win Big Ten Player of the Week since Will Watson on May 14, 2018, and the first Terp to win Big Ten Freshman of the Week since Tyler Blohm on March 20, 2017. Maryland is back in action today at VCU, with the first pitch scheduled for 3 p.m. ET.

In other news

Maryland women’s basketball used a second-half surge to avoid the upset at Purdue and win a share of the Big Ten regular-season title. It’s the Terps’ fourth regular-season title in five years in the conference.

After her sensational performance against Minnesota, Kaila Charles was named Big Ten Player of the Week for the first time this season.

All of Maryland men’s basketball’s 2019 signees have won high school city titles this winter.

As for the current Terps, they moved up seven spots to No. 17 in this week’s AP Poll.

I have them as a No. 5 seed playing in Hartford in my latest bracket. (Note: Yes, I made a mistake since Syracuse and NC State can’t play each other in the first round. The matchups would change to Syracuse-Wofford and Texas-NC State.)

Here are some highlights from Maryland baseball’s sweep of Maine.

Maryland men’s lacrosse is up to No. 2 in the most recent Inside Lacrosse Media and USILA Coaches Poll.

Maryland women’s lacrosse’s epic, double overtime victory over North Carolina came in front of a record crowd.