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No. 25 Maryland baseball voted preseason favorite in Big Ten

The No. 25 Maryland baseball team was picked to finish atop the Big Ten Conference this season by a vote of league coaches.

Minnesota, the defending regular-season champion, was voted second, followed by Nebraska, Indiana, Michigan State, and Iowa and Minnesota, which tied for sixth place. Ohio State, which won the conference tournament title in 2016, did not place among the top six teams.

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The Terps did not make the NCAA tournament for the first time in three years last season, but they are widely considered a preseason top-25 team.

Sophomore outfielder Marty Costes (Archbishop Curley), who was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American after leading the team with 37 RBIs in 2016, was one of three Maryland players selected to the league's Preseason Honors list. Joining him were sophomore second baseman Nick Dunn, another Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American who had a team-high .300 batting average, and shortstop Kevin Smith, who was named Most Valuable Player of the high-profile Cape Cod Baseball League's Championship Series last summer.

The Terps kick off their season Friday in Clearwater, Fla., against Ball State. Their home slate starts March 1 against James Madison.

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