Maryland’s Maxwell Costes was named the Big Ten freshman of the week after helping lead the Terps to a 3-1 record, the conference announced Monday afternoon. This marks the second time Costes has earned this award, after he won it in conjunction with the conference’s player of the week earlier this season.
The cleanup hitter picked up six hits and seven RBIs this week, as the Terps beat Delaware at home before winning 2-of-3 on the road against Stetson.
After several weeks of clutch hitting with runners on base, Costes finally delivered home-run power. The freshman hit his first-career long ball last Tuesday against the Blue Hens, the finishing touch on a convincing win.
Then in Friday’s series-opener against Stetson, he crushed a go-ahead, no-doubter to left field in the sixth inning to break open what was a scoreless game. The Terps went on to win 7-0 — their largest shutout win since 2015.
The Baltimore native had his best performance in Maryland’s only loss of the weekend. Costes hit a two-run single in the first inning and later hit a bases-loaded double that scored all three runs to finish his night with a career-high five RBIs.
Costes now leads Maryland with a .327 batting average, 15 RBIs and a .446 on-base percentage. His 17 hits — seven of which are for extra bases — are tied for the most with third baseman Taylor Wright. His RBI total leads the entire conference.
His older brother Marty, who played at Maryland and is now in the Houston Astros’ minor-league system, also won two Big Ten freshman of the week awards before going on to Big Ten All-freshman team honors.
Maryland (9-5) travels to Delaware for the second half of a home-and-home series on Wednesday, and then will host No. 18 East Carolina in College Park this weekend.