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MM 5.27: Maryland baseball’s Maxwell Costes earns All-American Third Team Honors

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

Maxwell Costes, Maryland, Rhode Island Tyler DeSue / Testudo Times

Following what was poised to be a monumental sophomore season cut short, Maryland baseball’s Maxwell Costes was selected to the 2020 Collegiate Baseball All-American Third Team Tuesday.

After an outstanding freshman campaign that included a slash line of .266/.397/.547 and a team-high 15 home runs, some were wondering whether the Preseason All-American would be able to keep his production up as the 2020 season approached. However, Costes quickly shattered any signs of a sophomore slump with an explosive second year and was recognized for his outstanding play as he was named an All-American.

The reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Year didn’t just match his freshman numbers, he obliterated them. Costes led the Terps in five different offensive categories: home runs (4), batting average (.432), slugging percentage (.750), on base percentage (.620), and walks (16).

The sophomore infielder’s .432 batting average was the second highest in the Big Ten. His .620 on base percentage led the Big Ten and was second in the nation, only trailing Arizona State first baseman and projected No. 1 overall MLB draft pick Spencer Torkelson.

Costes’ selection makes him the ninth Terrapin to be named an All-American in the last seven years, adding him to a list that includes his teammate Tyler Blohm, MLB pros like Brandon Lowe and even his own brother Marty Costes.

This is the second selection to an All-American team for Costes, as he earned Freshman All-American honors in 2019.

In other news

Maryland men’s basketball guard Serrel Smith Jr. announced he was entering the transfer portal on Tuesday, adding another loss to an already-depleted roster.

Maryland Football reminded us that there’s no place like home.

The team also shared some of Ayinde “Ace” Eley’s highlights.

Maryland men’s basketball great Tom McMillen celebrated his birthday Tuesday.

Maryland women’s lacrosse celebrated the one year anniversary of its national championship victory over Boston College.

Maryland Volleyball took some time to check in with former player Amy Dion, who is now a teacher in Chicago.