Andy Kostka

Sports Intern for The Washington Times. Assistant Sports Editor and Football Writer for The Diamondback.

University of Maryland Class of 2020.

MDDC High School Journalist of the Year, 2016.

Five-run inning guides Maryland baseball to 8-6 win against Rutgers

When Maryland baseball coach Rob Vaughn walked into left field prior to Sunday's series finale against Rutgers, he turned around to face the dugout and wiped his eyes. In a position where wins and losses, postseason accolades and recruiting class rankings are used to evaluate success, Vaughn said Saturday that watching his players celebrate each other is the most satisfying part of his job. During a season in which Maryland is below .500 and where a Big Ten tournament berth will depend on the Terps' performance in the season's final weekend, Vaughn stared into the Terps' dugout as his seven seniors were greeted by the 25 other players on his roster.

Maryland baseball beats Illinois, 7-1, in second game of doubleheader

As part of Maryland baseball's Fort Night, a promotion for the Terps' favorite video game Fortnite: Battle Royale, a fan in the stands chugged a glass of blue water, mimicking a shield potion from the game. Maryland's dugout cheered the display and carried that energy into the bottom of the second inning. The noise seemed to bother Illinois starter Ryan Schmitt, and after the sophomore right-hander fanned designated hitter Justin Vought, he turned to the bench and put his finger to his lips, shushing the Terps.

Maryland baseball’s struggles in the clutch continue in 4-0 loss to No. 18 East Carolina

GREENVILLE, N.C. — Needing a boost on offense, Maryland baseball second baseman Nick Dunn followed his leadoff double in the sixth by trying to steal third. But Dunn, the only consistent Terps starter without a stolen base this season, was easily thrown out. So instead of first baseman Kevin Biondic's double scoring a run and cutting No. 18 East Carolina's lead to 3-1, the Pirates' shutout continued.

After transitioning to the mound this summer, Kevin Biondic is helping Maryland’s bullpen

Throughout Maryland baseball's weekend series against Army, first baseman Kevin Biondic ran from the dugout to the bullpen to warm up for a potential relief appearance while the Terps batted. The whirlwind was a throwback for the senior. What started out of necessity for the Thunder Bay Border Cats in the Northwoods League last summer and continued because of a lack of depth in Maryland's bullpen has reaped rewards early for the Terps. Biondic, who starts at first base when he's not on the mound, has etched out a legitimate role for himself as a reliever, eating innings for an inexperienced pitching staff and continuing a trend of position players turned pitchers at Maryland.

Maryland baseball has new energy under first-year head coach Rob Vaughn

As outfielder Marty Costes entered his first Maryland baseball practice under coach Rob Vaughn, some changes struck him immediately. The country music, a staple of former coach John Szefc before he left for Virginia Tech last summer, was gone. So were the required stirrup socks — and shortstop Kevin Smith and right-hander Brian Shaffer, who were drafted in the fourth and sixth rounds, respectively, of last year's MLB Draft. Yet Costes, who returned to Maryland after being drafted in the 25th round, quickly noticed the plethora of similarities that make the Terps an expected contender in the Big Ten again.

“They know who I am”: Adam Hughes brings familiarity to Maryland volleyball

Maryland volleyball coach Adam Hughes' office is still sparse. The walls are mostly bare, and his desk surface doesn't yet contain an avalanche of stat sheets and coaching documents. But while Hughes — who was hired Jan. 23 to take over the program following Steve Aird's departure to Indiana — hasn't had the chance to fully acclimate to his first-ever collegiate head coaching role, he's familiar with College Park. He served as a Terps assistant for the past four years, earning respect from players as Aird's right-hand man while the team evolved into an NCAA tournament bubble team.
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