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MM 5.20: Maryland softball’s Jaeda McFarland named Big Ten Freshman of the Year

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

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Maryland softball outfielder Jaeda McFarland became the first Terp to earn Big Ten Freshman of the Year the conference announced on Wednesday.

The Florida native ranks in the top-10 in the conference for runs scored (24), triples (four), stolen bases (13), runs scored in a single game (three) and fielding percentage (1.000). Her runs scored total rank ninth in the conference, triples rank fourth, stolen bases rank seventh, runs scored in a single game rank second and McFarland’s fielding percentage leads the Big Ten.

Her explosive collegiate debut also earned her a spot on the All-Second, All-Freshman, and All-Defensive teams.

In other news

Maryland softball junior second baseman Taylor Okada was named to the All-Second team.

Maryland women’s lacrosse defender Tori Barretta and attacker Brindi Griffin earned All-Region honors.

Maryland men’s lacrosse recapped its NCAA Tournament win over Vermont.

Former Maryland women’s basketball player Tierney Pfirman signed with BBC Sparta Bartreng.

Former Maryland women’s basketball forward Brionna Jones scored her 500th WNBA point.

Maryland women’s golf is preparing for the NCAA Golf Championships.