New Zealand markets closed
  • NZX 50

    12,736.32
    +15.48 (+0.12%)
     
  • NZD/USD

    0.6975
    +0.0004 (+0.06%)
     
  • NZD/EUR

    0.5919
    +0.0004 (+0.07%)
     
  • ALL ORDS

    7,670.90
    +12.00 (+0.16%)
     
  • ASX 200

    7,394.40
    +8.00 (+0.11%)
     
  • OIL

    72.17
    +0.26 (+0.36%)
     
  • GOLD

    1,802.10
    -3.30 (-0.18%)
     
  • NASDAQ

    15,111.79
    +171.63 (+1.15%)
     
  • FTSE

    7,027.58
    +59.28 (+0.85%)
     
  • Dow Jones

    35,061.55
    +238.20 (+0.68%)
     
  • DAX

    15,669.29
    +154.75 (+1.00%)
     
  • Hang Seng

    27,321.98
    -401.86 (-1.45%)
     
  • NIKKEI 225

    27,548.00
    +159.80 (+0.58%)
     
  • NZD/JPY

    77.0820
    +0.3560 (+0.46%)
     

Razorbacks' Kopps wins Howser Trophy as top college player

·1-min read
Arkansas pitcher Kevin Kopps (45) throws against North Carolina State in the second inning of an NCAA college baseball super regional game, Sunday, June 13, 2021, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Arkansas' Kevin Kopps won the Dick Howser Trophy as the top player in college baseball Friday, making him the first relief pitcher to receive the award.

Kopps, who had Tommy John surgery in 2018, was the star pitcher for a Razorbacks team ranked No. 1 much of the season and the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

The SEC pitcher of the year had a hand in 23 of the Hogs' 50 wins with a 12-1 record and 11 saves. Kopps appeared in 33 games, allowed nine runs in 89 2/3 innings and struck out 131. The senior from Sugar Land, Texas, led the nation with his 0.90 ERA, and opponents batted .162 against him.

Kopps is the second Arkansas player to receive the Howser Trophy in its 34-year history. The first was current Kansas City Royal outfielder Andrew Benintendi in 2015.

Other finalists were Vanderbilt pitchers Kumar Rocker and Jack Leiter, Florida State catcher Matheu Nelson and Texas Tech second baseman Jace Jung.

The award is named in honor of Howser, an All-America shortstop at Florida State in 1957-58 who later coached the Seminoles and managed the New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals. The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association administers voting for the award.

___

More NCAA baseball tournament coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/college-world-series and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting