Collin Cowgill saw his chance and in a split second decided to go.

The undersized outfielder looking to establish himself in Mets camp saw Nationals first baseman Micah Owings boot a ground ball and noticed pitcher Bill Bray was frustrated when he picked it up, paying no attention to Cowgill on third. He broke for home and before the Nationals realized what happened, he had scored.

“You’ve got to take advantage of situations,” Cowgill said. “Runs matter, every opportunity matters. I mean I want to make the most of all those opportunities.”

In the Mets’ first few spring games, the 5-9, 185-pound Cowgill has jumped at every opportunity. He scored on that Nationals brain lock on Saturday and had an RBI double.

The next day against the Astros, the 26-year old flashed his potential again, stealing a base and driving home a run with a double.

Despite going 0-for-2 with a strikeout in Monday night’s 6-4 loss to the Nationals, Cowgill has distinguished himself in a no-name outfield that became the brunt of jokes – even to Sandy Alderson — this offseason.

“I am pretty impressed with what I have seen so far,” Terry Collins said. “Early in camp I was anxious to see him play and he is exactly what people have told me about him. He plays hard, he is aggressive at the plate and aggressive on the bases. “I am anxious to see him all spring.”