FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — On Monday Kevin Kopps was drafted in the third round of the MLB draft by the San Diego Padres. Kopps was the first Arkansas player drafted this year.
Kopps, who owned an NCAA-best 0.81 ERA in 66 1/3 innings this season, has 10 wins and 10 saves on the year, striking out 105 batters and allowing only 15 walks along the way. The right-hander gave up just six runs in 28 appearances, logging stretches of 19 2/3 and 20 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings at points this season.
Opponents hit just .161 against Kopps, who ranked third nationally with a 0.78 WHIP and seventh with 14.3 strikeouts per nine innings. The reliever entered the NCAA Regionals with the program record in numerous categories, including single-season ERA (0.81 - min. 45 IP), consecutive strikeouts (11) and consecutive batters retired (28).
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