Kevin Kopps - Baseball - Arkansas Razorbacks

#45 Kevin Kopps

RHP | R-Sr. | 6-0 | R/R | 200 | Sugar Land, Texas / George Ranch HS

As a Junior (2020)
Started once and made seven total appearances on the mound in 2020 … Put together an 8.18 ERA and an 0-1 record after pitching in 11.0 innings, allowing 10 earned runs, 14 total, on 18 hits and four walks, striking out nine … Inherited seven runners in relief efforts, allowing four to score … Retired the first batter he faced out of the bullpen 50 percent of the time (3/6) … Closed out the season opener against Eastern Illinois on Feb. 14 … Pitched a scoreless frame with one hit allowed and one strikeout … First reliever used against Gonzaga on Feb. 20, allowing three runs on four hits over 2.1 innings … Longest outing of the season at that point … Appeared again in the series on Saturday in game three (Feb. 22), tossing a scoreless inning with one walk … Second shutout outing this season … Entered as first reliever vs. No. 22 Oklahoma (Feb. 28) at the Shriners College Classic in Houston … Kept OU off scoreboard in sixth, but allowed three runs in seventh to earn first decision in 6-3 loss … Worked 3.1 innings as the first reliever against Illinois State on March 3 … Allowed two runs, one earned, on five hits, striking out five … Second time in his career with five strikeouts, last doing so in his first start/appearance on Feb. 19, 2017, against Miami (Ohio) … Gave up three runs on two hits and two walks against South Alabama on March 6 … Made his first start since his freshman season in Arkansas’ final game of the year against Grand Canyon on March 11 … Pitched 1.2 innings, allowing three runs on three hits and a walk, striking out two, exiting with the game tied at three.

As a Redshirt Sophomore (2019)
Made a team-high 30 appearances, all in relief, one year after having Tommy John surgery … Generated a 3.89 ERA and a 6-3 record in 41.2 innings … The six wins were tied for the third-most on the team … Also made 16 appearances in conference play, building up a 4-3 record and a 4.35 ERA … Pitched 20.2 innings against SEC opponents with 10 runs allowed and 25 strikeouts … Earned conference wins against Auburn (April 5), Mississippi State (April 19), Tennessee (April 26), LSU (May 10) … Also earned the win in the SEC Tournament against Ole Miss (May 22), going 1.2 innings and allowing just one run on two hits and striking out two … Only gave up one run in his first 10 appearances, coming off a home run against Stony Brook (March 1) … Also walked just four over that same span and struck out 17 … Only worked more than two innings four times, twice coming in the NCAA Tournament (vs. Ole Miss – June 9; vs. Texas Tech – June 17) … Pitched a season-high 4.0 innings against LSU (May 10), giving up just one hit, one walk and striking out four … The four strikeouts tied a season-high, which he matched four times throughout the season (at Alabama – March 24; vs. Central Connecticut St. – May 31; vs. Texas Tech – June 17) … Notched 19 scoreless outings, five of two innings or more.

As a Sophomore (2018)
Did not appear in a game after going through Tommy John surgery … Earned a medical redshirt.

As a Redshirt Freshman (2017)
Made 22 appearances with five starts in his first full season … Generated a 3.31 ERA and a 3-1 record over 49.0 innings with 40 strikeouts … Also totaled two saves against New Orleans (March 22) and at Texas A&M (May 20) … Made 10 appearances in conference play, all out of the bullpen … Allowed just nine earned runs in 25.0 innings for a 3.24 ERA, the second-lowest among all Razorbacks pitchers with 10.0 or more innings … Earned a victory in his first collegiate start against Miami (Ohio) (Feb. 19), going 3.1 innings, while allowing one run with a career-high five strikeouts … Also earned the win against Georgia (April 15) after a career-high 5.2 scoreless innings out of the bullpen with three strikeouts … Earned the start in the SEC Tournament Championship against LSU (May 28) … Gave up just one earned run over 3.0 innings with one strikeout and no walks … Struck out four or more batters four times (Miami [Ohio] – Feb. 19; at Missouri – March 26; at Alabama – April 1; at Texas A&M – May 20) … Started game one of the NCAA Fayetteville Regional final against Missouri State (June 4), throwing 2.0 innings and allowing two earned runs with two strikeouts in the 11-10 win … Notched 11 scoreless outings, seven of two innings or more … Named to SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll.

As a Freshman (2016)
Redshirted the 2016 season … Named to First-Year SEC Academic Honor Roll

George Ranch High School
Played for head coach Greg Kobza … 23-5A All-District MVP pitcher … Two-Time All-State honorable mention … Two-Time All-Greater Houston selection … In his junior and senior seasons, struck out 172 out of 524 batters faced with a 17-4 overall record … Batted over .300 in the regular season and playoffs combined … Graduated with a 4.0 GPA … Member of the National Honor Society … Most memorable athletic moment was pitching in the Connie Mack World Series.

Son of Rick and Michell Kopps … Has one sister, Ashley … Ashley plays softball at Sam Houston State … Chose to attend Arkansas he feels like this is the best place for him to reach his full potential as a player … Ambition is to impact a lot of people, as well as bring positive change to the hospital he will work in … Plans to become an orthopedic surgeon after his playing career is over … Involved with League of Champions, a baseball program in his hometown that mentors children with special needs … Majoring in Biology … Born on March 2, 1997.

March 2, 1997