Maxwell Costes named Big Ten Player and Freshman of the week

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Maryland baseball designated hitter Maxwell Costes earned Big Ten freshman and player of the week honors after the Terps’ sweep against Maine, the conference announced Monday afternoon. This marks Costes’ first two weekly awards of his college career.

Batting fifth in the lineup all weekend, the Baltimore native went 4-for-9 with three doubles and six RBIs against the Black Bears. He also drew one walk and was hit three times. In the series finale on Sunday, Costes’ four RBIs were the most by a Maryland freshman since his brother, Marty, accomplished the same feat in 2016.

Marty Costes won two Big Ten freshman of the week awards and, at the end of the season, earned a spot on the conference’s All-freshman team. His nine homers led all freshman in the conference. He never won a Big Ten player of the week award in three seasons with Maryland.

Even though Maxwell hasn’t hit a homer through two weekends, he’s started and reached base in all six games, while also securing a hit in five of them. He still reached base three times in his only game without a hit this season.

Twice over the weekend, Costes hit a two-run double in the bottom of the first to give Maryland a 2-0 lead. On Sunday, with the Terps leading 7-6 in the bottom of the eighth, his two-run single provided insurance for the eventual 9-6 win.

Costes currently leads the Terps with a .350 batting average, three doubles and seven RBIs.