Former Terp Brandon Lowe and the Tampa Bay Rays are headed to the 2020 World Series after taking down the Houston Astros in Saturday night's ALCS. Lowe (2013-15) becomes the sixth former Terp in program history and first since 1969 to advance to the World Series.
Lowe notched one of the team's six hits in Saturday 4-2 victory as the Rays cap an impressive season. Lowe finished the regular season squarely in the conversation for the AL MVP Award after leading the Rays in every major offensive statistic during the regular season. Lowe earned his first appearance to the MLB All-Star Game in 2019 and was also a finalist for the AL Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award.
Lowe might not be the only former Terp in the World Series, though, as former pitcher Adam Kolarek and the Los Angeles Dodgers are set to take on the Atlanta Braves in Game 7 of the NLCS as Maryland has a chance to make history. As fans await to see if Kolarek and the Dodgers can punch their ticket, Lowe joins Ron Swoboda (1969), Charlie Keller (1939, 41, 42, 32), Vic Keen (1926), Fred Anderson (1917) and Buck Herzog (1911, 12, 13, 17) as former Terps with a World Series appearance. If Kolarek does make an appearance, Maryland can become one of two NCAA programs to have multiple players represented in the World Series. It would be the second World Series in which two Terps contend for the title in the same year (1917).