NCAA March Madness Curve Edition

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marchmadness_logo_normal.gifFor all of the Curve fans who were able to enter the Altoona Curve Facebook Bracket Challenge, hopefully we have given you a new team to root for beginning tomorrow. However, there are 64 teams playing to cut the nets down in Houston and here at CurveBall Blog, we’d like to give you a few more rooting interests.

Ohio State – Starting with the #1 overall team, potential 2011 Curve catcher Eric Fryer played three seasons for the Buckeyes where he was named a second-team All-Big Ten honoree. Curve broadcaster, and the author of this blog, Josh Ellis was a Buckeye and was on hand to call the National Championship game against Florida in 2007. Curve Head Groundskeeper Brian Soukup is also from Ohio and supports the Scarlet and Gray.

Kansas – He had a 3.26 ERA with the Curve in 2005, MLB pitcher Tom Gorzelanny will be rooting on the Jayhawks because he pitched there for one season.

Pittsburgh – A local favorite team, former Curve infielder Jim Negrych is one of just five Panthers ever to record 200 hits. Also Ticket Associate Mollie Shoemaker and Director of Merchandising Claire Hoover both graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in Johnstown.

Duke – For former Curve pitcher Zach Duke and potential 2011 Curve pitcher Duke Welker. Also, Ticket Associate AJ Palazzi lists his favorite team as Duke University.

San Diego State University –
For Curve broadcaster Mike Passanisi, a SDSU alum, who hopes to see his Aztecs record their first-ever NCAA Tournament win.

Florida – 2006 and 2007 Curve OF, major leaguer Andrew McCutchen had signed to play for the Gators before going pro.

University of Arizona – Donnie Veal, who made 7 appearances in 2009 with the Curve was a Wildcat for two years. 2010 and potential 2011 Curve pitcher Mike Colla pitched for three seasons for Arizona as well.

Vanderbilt – 2009 Altoona Curve MVP Pedro Alvarez played three seasons for the Commodores where he belted 49 home runs.

Cincinnati – 2010 Curve infielder Josh Harrison played three seasons for the Bearcats and hit .378 his final season.

Xavier – For former Pirate Xavier Nady

Washington – Before transferring to Oklahoma State, 2010 Curve 1B Matt Hague played three seasons as a Husky where he hit .381 as a Sophomore.

Georgia – A member of the Curve in 2002 where he hit .334, Astros infielder Jeff Keppinger played three seasons as a Bulldog.

Penn State University – Altoona is home to a Penn State satellite campus and Curve Director of Creative Services John Foreman was a Nittany Lion.

Texas A&M –
Potential 2011 Curve pitcher Aaron Thompson signed a letter of intent to the Aggies before signing his professional contract with the Marlins.

Michigan – Curve GM Rob Egan supports the Wolverines and Nate McLouth, member of the 2004 Curve who hit .322 in Altoona, had committed to play for Michigan before signing his pro contract.

Missouri – Curve Asst. GM Duane Miller supports the Tigers.

Clemson – 2009 starter and 2010 saves leader Daniel Moskos pitched for 3 seasons with the “First Four” winners and potential 2011 Curve OF Brad Chalk played for three seasons as a Tiger where he hit .366 his Junior year. Additionally, 2002 Curve pitcher for one game and major leaguer, Kris Benson went 14-2 in his final of three seasons at Clemson.

Princeton – Ross Ohlendorf made a rehab appearance for the Curve in 2010 and became the 24th Tiger to make it to the MLB in 2004.

So there’s a list of maybe a second or third team to pull for. If I missed anyone, feel free to let me know! Also feel free to post who you’re rooting for on Facebook or in the comments section below.


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