FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas relief pitcher Kevin Kopps was named the winner of the 43rd Golden Spikes Award, presented by USA Baseball, last Thursday evening on ESPN’s SportsCenter.

Kopps is the second player from Arkansas to win the award, joining former Razorback outfielder Andrew Benintendi (2015).

The Golden Spikes Award recognizes the top amateur baseball player in the United States based on athletic ability, sportsmanship, character, and overall contribution to the sport.

As the game’s most dominant pitcher, Kopps finished the 2021 campaign with a 12-1 record and 11 saves. He posted the nation’s lowest ERA (0.90) and WHIP (0.76), striking out 131 in 89 2/3 innings of work. Opposing hitters had a .162 batting average against the right-hander.

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