Mountain West Conference Names Baseball Co-Players and Pitcher of the Week
Air Force C/DH Garrett Custons and RHP Luke Dorlac and Utah 1B C.J. Cron honored
March 21, 2011
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Air Force sophomore catcher/designated hitter Garrett Custons, Utah junior first baseman C.J. Cron and Air Force sophomore righthander Luke Dorlac have been named Mountain West Conference Co-Players and Pitcher of the Week, respectively. This is the third career weekly honor for Cron and first for both Custons and Dorlac.
Custons batted .520 (13-for-25) and scored 11 runs while hitting from the lead-off spot as Air Force posted a 5-1 record last week. The Sarasota, Fla., native raised his batting average 74 points (from .271 to .345) during that span, registering five multi-hit games and scoring multiple runs in four contests. In a doubleheader split with Creighton, Custons went 4-for-7 (.571) with three runs scored, one RBI, one triple and one walk. He followed that performance with a 9-for-18 (.500) effort at the plate in a four-game sweep of Portland, scoring eight runs while driving in two more. Custons hit two doubles and homered twice off the Pilot pitching staff while also collecting two walks, as the Falcons earned their first series sweep since 2003. For the week, he posted on-base and slugging percentages of .586 and .920, respectively. Defensively, Custons thwarted 3-of-5 steal attempts (60%) and picked off a baserunner from his catcher's position.
Cron batted .667 (8-for-12) with three doubles, one home run, seven RBI and five runs scored to help lead the Utes to a 2-1 record against BYU last week. In a 3-2, series-opening win on Thursday, the Phoenix, Ariz., native went 3-for-4 at the plate, including scoring the tying run in the eighth inning after leading off the frame with a single to center field. Cron also went 3-for-4 with three doubles, three RBI and one run scored in a 10-8 loss to the Cougars on Friday. He ended the series with a 2-for-4 day at the plate in a 15-6 Ute victory on Saturday, driving in four runs and scoring three more while also hitting a home run and walking once. Cron finished the week with on-base and slugging percentages of .667 and 1.167, respectively. Defensively, he posted a 1.000 fielding percentage, recording 23 putouts with five assists and no errors at first base.
Dorlac worked 5.2 innings in relief while helping Air Force to wins over Creighton and Portland last week. The sophomore righthander did not allow a run in two appearances, striking out five batters and walking one. On Wednesday, he pitched 2.2 scoreless innings, striking out two hitters and issuing one walk to pick up the win in a 2-1 victory over the Bluejays in game one of a doubleheader. On Saturday, the Windsor, Colo., native fanned three batters over three scoreless innings of work while earning the save in a 9-4 win in game two of a twinbill against the Pilots. Dorlac was part of a Falcon bullpen that did not allow a run in four games vs. Portland.