After an injury-plagued two years, Vin DiFazio is healthy for the first time in his UA career and ready to compete for a spot behind the plate ... emerged as one of Tide's top backstops this fall ... shown added power, which could make him a valuable pinch-hitter for the Tide ... appeared in only nine career games and has made six pinch-hit appearances.
CUBA FRIENDSHIP TOURNAMENT:
DiFazio started two games behind the plate for Alabama in the three-game exhibition series with Cuba ... batted .200 (1 for 5) and reached base three times, including a pair of walks ... recorded 12 putouts in the two games and threw out one base runner.
DiFazio appeared in nine games for the Crimson Tide ... his lone start of the season came against Mississippi Valley State (April 9) ... he also made six pinch-hit appearances ... he made his Alabama debut as pinch hitter against Texas Arlington on Feb. 28 at Southwest Diamond Classic in Frisco, Texas ... lone start of the season came against Southeastern Louisiana on April 9.
DiFazio redshirted in 2007 while recovering from several injuries and illness.
SOPHOMORE (2006 - INDIAN RIVER CC):
Played one season at Indian River Community College after transferring from the University of Connecticut ... played for Coach Mike Easom at Indian River CC ... led his team to a 22-11 record in his lone season at Indian River CC ... played summer ball for the Youse's (Md.) Orioles in the Cal Ripken, Sr., Collegiate Summer League ... led the Orioles to the 2006 AAABA World Championship in Johnstown, Pa., the team's third straight AAABA championship ... played on the same summer league team as Tide teammates Kyle Moore and Ryan Rhoden ... in 22 games, he hit .400 (28 for 70) with two home runs and 17 RBI ... won the league batting title and led the league in slugging percentage (.629) and on-base percentage (.494).
FRESHMAN (2005 - CONNECTICUT):
Played one season for Coach Jim Penders and the University of Connecticut ... appeared in 42 games and hit .306 (38 for 124) with one home run and 15 RBI ... in Big East play, he hit .306 (19 for 62) with eight RBI in 20 games ... played for the Quakertown (Pa.) Quakes in the Atlantic Collegiate League where he hit .331 and led the league with 42 RBI ... ranked second in the ACL in hits, runs scored and doubles ... was named one of league's Top 10 prospects by Baseball America ... led the Quakes to the league's best overall record and the 2005 league championship.
A 2004 graduate of the Pennington School in Pennington, N.J. ... a four-year baseball letterman ... played for Coach Jerry Russo ... a two-time all-state and all-prep honoree ... led his team to a conference championship and was a state runner-up his senior year ... named team captain for his senior season in 2004 ... named team MVP following junior season in 2003 ... also lettered twice in football.
Full name is Vin Francis DiFazio ... son of Salvatore and Arline DiFazio ... has two sisters, Francesca and Angela ... his father played football at Rutgers ... his uncle, VinDiFazio, who was his first baseball coach, was killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, tragedy at the World Trade Center in New York City.