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Kopps tops Broadway in showdown of relievers

Arkansas’ 18-14 shootout victory over Ole Miss on Sunday ended in a battle of the teams' ace relievers who were pitching for the second time in two days.

The Razorbacks’ Kevin Kopps overcame a sluggish seventh inning and pitched three innings to close an Arkansas victory for the second consecutive day. The Rebels’ Taylor Broadway allowed three two-out runs in the eighth inning.

“It came down to Broadway and Kopps, their guy against ours,” Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said. “Fortunately for us, we got the lead.”

Broadway pitched 2 2/3 innings Saturday night in the second game of a doubleheader, but the Razorbacks made him work during a 19-pitch ninth inning that drove his pitch count to 45.