Call the Kopps: Arkansas turning to SEC Pitcher of the Year for start with Omaha on the line
With Omaha on the line, Dave Van Horn is turning to the SEC Pitcher of the Year.
Arkansas star reliever Kevin Kopps will get the start in Sunday’s deciding Game 3 of the Fayetteville Super Regional against NC State.
This season, Kopps has appeared in 32 games out of the bullpen, recording 12 wins and 11 saves posting a microscopic era of 0.66 in 81.2 innings of work.
Kopps has prior starting experience. He recorded five starts in 2017 as a redshirt freshman and one start in last year’s shortened season.
Earlier this month, Collegiate Baseball named Kopps its National Player of the Year.
The No. 1 national seed of the 2021 NCAA Baseball Tournament, Arkansas took Game 1 of the Super Regional with a 21-2 thumping of NC State. The Wolfpack evened the series Saturday with a 6-5 win. The winner of Game 3 will go to the College World Series.
Sunday’s game is set for 5 p.m CT/6 p.m. ET on ESPN2. Kopps worked two spotless innings on Saturday. We’re about to find out how much he has left in the tank.