June 25, 2014
NEW YORK -- Former UConn baseball standout George Springer ('11), currently a member of the Houston Astros, graces the cover of the June 30th issue of Sports Illustrated. Springer becomes the third current or former UConn student-athlete to earn the prestigious cover spot in the past four months, with Breanna Stewart (March 24th issue) and Shabazz Napier (April 14) each taking a turn for UConn's women's and men's basketball national champion teams, respectively.
Springer was called up to the Astros in late April, and bounced back from a slow start to become one of the most prolific young hitters in baseball. During the month of May, UConn's all-time home run leader turned in a .294/.385/.647 slash line and clubbed 10 home runs in 26 games. The hot stretch included a seven-game run from May 21-May 29 during which he hit seven home runs. Overall for Houston this season, Springer holds an .809 OPS and has hit 14 home runs along with 39 RBIs.
During his three-season career in Connecticut (2009-11), Springer re-wrote the UConn record books en route to a pair of All-America nods. The New Britain, Conn. native is among the top-five in UConn history in runs (220, first), hits (242, fourth), doubles (53, fourth), triples (10, third), home runs (46, first), RBIs (196, second), total bases (453, second), walks (128, third) and stolen bases (76, third). Springer led UConn to a pair of Big East titles and two NCAA Tournament appearances, capturing the 2011 Clemson Regional and a trip to the NCAA Super Regionals. Following his junior season in 2011, he was selected by the Astros with 11th overall pick, the highest MLB Draft pick in UConn history.
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