Springer Dashes Into National Spotlight

George Springer needed just 90 feet to prove he was ready to make an impact. In a fall 2008 intrasquad scrimmage, Springer took one too many steps away from third base. Connecticut catcher Doug Elliot saw Springer's aggressive lead and called for a pitch-out. Time to teach the freshman a lesson. But Springer read Elliot's call and countered. When Elliot fired the ball to third, hoping to catch the runner napping, Springer bolted to the plate. By the time the catcher got the ball back, Springer had stolen home.

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