Angel DiFederico

#31 Angel DiFederico

Pos. C
Ht. 6-0
Wt. 170
Yr. Fr.
Hometown New Haven, Ind.
High School (Prev. School) New Haven

2022: Appeared in 34 games and made 33 starts... Had three doubles and two triples while driving in six and scoring 16 times... Drew 11 walks and was hit by a pitch twice... Had a season-high three hits on Feb. 25 at Alabama A&M and March 12 at SEMO... Had two triples in the Feb. 25 game at Alabama A&M, becoming the first Valpo player with multiple triples in a game since Andy Burns on April 6, 2013 vs. UIC.

2021: Led the team in league-only batting average at .313 in his 19 MVC games (18 starts)… Reached base at a .387 clip in MVC play… Ranked third on the team in overall batting average at .265 while appearing in 31 games and making 28 starts… Ripped four doubles and a triple while driving in 15 and scoring 14 times… Also drew seven walks and was hit by a pitch on nine occasions… Cut down nine would-be base stealers… Had seven multiple-hit performances including a season-high three knocks in the May 1 game vs. Illinois State, the middle of a string of three consecutive multi-hit outputs… Drove in four and posted a .455 batting average during Valpo’s series win over SIU (April 23-25).

2020: Had the highest batting average on the team at .348 in a limited sample size during the COVID-19 shortened season… Played in seven games and made six starts, driving in a run and scoring one while lashing eight hits including two doubles… Had his first multi-hit game in a Valpo uniform on March 7 at Georgia Southern… Notched a season-high three hits in his first game of the season on March 11 at Alabama State including one double.

Before Valpo: Earned second-team all-conference honors as a high school sophomore before making his way onto the all-conference first team as a junior… Also earned first-team all-area and all-state recognition during his junior campaign… Was again named first-team all-conference, all-area and all-state as a senior while helping his team to the 2019 3A sectional championship… Earned a spot in the 2019 Indiana North/South All-Star Game… Was a four-year letter winner in baseball while also earning two varsity letters in tennis, where he was an all-conference honorable mention choice in 2017… Played travel baseball with the Fort Wayne Spiders (2012, 2015), the AWP Cubs (2016) and the Fort Wayne Kekiongas (2018)… Was a member of academic honor roll in 2018 and 2019.

Personal: Majoring in history education… Family includes Sara Smith (mom), Corey Smith (dad), Joe DiFederico (dad), Jen DiFederico (mom), Sophia Smith (sister), August DiFederico (brother) and Gavin Smith (brother)… Hobbies include basketball, video games and hanging out with friends… Did not know how to skip until his freshman year of high school… Favorite Food is Moe’s Southwest Grill, movie is Bohemian Rhapsody, professional team is the Chicago White Sox, MLB player is Christian Yelich, musical group if Queen and TV show is Dragon Ball Z.