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‘Let’s win a super regional!’ Norwalk native ready to help UConn baseball shock again in NCAA tournament

The unseeded Huskies headed to Tallahassee Wednesday evening for the NCAA tournament’s super regional weekend.

Marissa Alter

Jun 6, 2024, 2:20 AM

Updated 17 days ago

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UConn is known for its basketball championships, but the school's baseball team is making national headlines. The unseeded Huskies headed to Tallahassee Wednesday evening for the NCAA tournament’s super regional weekend, where they’ll face the No. 8-seeded team in the country, Florida State.
Norwalk native Korey Morton has helped drive the team’s success.
“We've proven that we can beat top teams in the country, so I mean, at this point, we're one of 16 teams left. Let's go have some fun, and let's win a super regional,” said Morton on Wednesday before practice at Elliot Ballpark on campus.
On Monday, UConn took down heavily favored Oklahoma, the No. 9 seeded team, advancing the Huskies to their second super regional in three years and third since 2011. Morton, who’s a senior, hit a two-run homer in the win and was named Most Outstanding Player in the regional.
“From where we started in the season to where we are now, it's really awesome to see what the team has become and what we've been able to accomplish this year. It's really an awesome feeling and a very special moment,” Morton told News 12.
The center fielder’s own journey as a Husky is also one of growth. Morton arrived in Storrs as a walk-on.
“I pinch ran a lot my freshman year and got some pinch at-bats when we were winning by a lot,” he explained.
But Morton spent day after day after day in the batting cages and made his way into the starting lineup.
“Just really every day hit and worked out and just worked on everything I needed to do to become better and then finally got my opportunity sophomore season,” Morton recalled. “I kind of just ran with it and never looked back.”
It’s no surprise to his former coach at Brien McMahon High School.
“He has an extreme talent of outworking everybody. He's an amazing athlete, and the perseverance that he has is what's really kind of carried him forward,” said John Cross, who is now Brien McMahon’s athletic director. “Korey's about hard work, always trying to get better and using any type of negative as a positive. That's why you've seen so much growth with him at the collegiate level.”
Morton's speed has always been an asset and was well-known during his time with the Senators. In fact, he was the state champion in the 55-meter dash in 2020, quickness that was routinely displayed on the baseball diamond.
“He was extremely fast, the ball flew off his bat, extremely coachable,” Cross told News 12.
There’s also the fact he has baseball in his blood. Dad Kevin Morton played for Brien McMahon and went on to pitch for the Boston Red Sox.
“It's a hard game mentally and physically so always having someone to talk to who has really been at the highest level and played at the highest level really helps a lot,” Morton said about how his dad has helped shape him as an athlete.
There have been years of fatherly advice.
“Just believing in myself and have fun is all he preaches at home, for sure,” Morton explained.
It's a mentality that seems to have been adopted by this Husky team. They're ready to continue showing why UConn isn't just a basketball school.
“I'm just enjoying every pitch and every moment out here,” said Morton.
The super regionals are a best-of-three series. The Huskies play the Seminoles on Friday at noon and Saturday at 11 a.m. Both games can be seen on ESPN. A third game, if needed, is set for Sunday at 11 a.m. and will air on ESPN2. The winner of each of the eight super regional sites moves on to the College World Series in Omaha.


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