Kevin Graham

Kevin Graham, an O'Fallon native, helped the University of Mississippi win the championship in the recent NCAA World Series. (Source: Provided)

Kevin Graham, an O'Fallon native, helped the University of Mississippi win the championship in the recent NCAA World Series.

After graduating from Westminster in 2018, Graham took his baseball talents to the University of Mississippi.

Graham had early season surgery on a broken wrist that shelved him for some time. During that time, he watched his team struggle after coming in to the season as a highly touted preseason favorite. But the Rebels ended the season winning eight of their last ten games before losing in the first round of the SEC tournament. The team then had to wait for a possible at large birth into the NCAA World Series Tournament. They received it and were the final team selected to be in the field.

Once in the tournament, Graham and the Rebels caught fire winning 10 of 11 tournament games while playing on the road in their regional and super regional rounds and then in Omaha, Nebraska, for the World Series.

Graham, who hit fourth in the lineup for the Rebels, earned a spot on the World Series All-Tournament team for his performance and finished the season hitting .335 with 11 home runs and 55 RBI in 47 games. He also played stellar defense in left field finishing the season with no errors and a number of highlight reel catches. He also has an errorless streak of 97 games in college.

At Westminster, Graham was the Metro League Player of the Year, and USA Today 1st team All-Missouri in 2018 after a senior season that saw Graham hit .415 with nine homers and 52 RBI. He was named first team All-State in 2017 after a junior season with a .396 batting average, six home runs, and 41 RBI.

Graham has one more year of college eligibility remaining.