Kopps Honored

Nate Allen

FAYETTEVILLE — Already the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s National Player of the Year, Arkansas All-American senior pitcher Thursday was named National Pitcher of the Year by the College Baseball Foundation.

Kopps finishing Arkansas’ SEC championship season with a 12-1 record, 11 saves and 0.90 earned run average and 131 strikeouts vs. 18 walks in 89 2-3 innings, is under consideration for two national awards to be announced Friday, the Dick Howser Trophy for its National Player of the Year, and the Stopper of the Year Award awarded college baseball’s best relief pitcher.

Arkansas’ baseball season is over, but the award season is ongoing for the Razorbacks’ star player in 2021.

Kevin Kopps was named national pitcher of the year Thursday by the College Baseball Foundation. It is the first of three national awards that could be won by Kopps over two days.

The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association will announce the winners of the Dick Howser Trophy, Stopper of the Year Award and Mike Martin Award on Friday.The Howser Trophy is one of the sport’s two most prominent national player of the year awards, along with the Golden Spikes Award. Stopper of the Year is presented to college baseball’s best relief pitcher, and the Martin Award is for national coach of the year.

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