BY NICK TAYLOR
Senior catcher Vin DiFazio had two hits, including an RBI triple and a two-run home run, to lead No. 16 Alabama to a 5-1 win over Southeast Missouri State in the season opener Friday night at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.In his postgame remarks coach wells opined the following statement about DiFazio; "He has been here three years and it was right that he would hit that big home run in that situation," Alabama head coach Jim Wells said. "I am very happy for him and all the hard work he has put in to get back on the field."
DiFazio, who has missed the last two years with a series of injuries, drove in the first run of the season for the Tide with an RBI single in the second inning and then capped his night with a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Tide ace pitcher Austin Hyatt hurled 6+ innings allowing only one run and Alabama also received 3 combined innings without allowing an earned run, from jimmy nelson in the 7th and junior david head a transfer from Chattahoochee Valley Community College in the final two frames.
The TIDE did strand a few runners,but perhaps the most impressive thing about the win was preseason ALL-AMERICAN Brandon May & junior bullpen standout Del Howell were out due to a wrist injury and mono respectively. Alabama and Southeast Missouri State will play game two of the three-game series on Saturday, Feb. 21, at 4:05 p.m. (CST