Custons & Dorlac Earn MWC Player & Pitcher of the Week Honors
March 21, 2011
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Air Force sophomore catcher/designated hitter Garrett Custons and sophomore righthander Luke Dorlac have been named Mountain West Conference Co-Players and Pitcher of the Week, announced today by the conference office. This is the first weekly honor for both Custons and Dorlac. Custons joined Utah junior first baseman C.J. Cron for Co-Player of the Week.
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.
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.
Air Force has earned back-to-back MWC Pitcher of the Week honors, as sophomore right-hander Sean Carley earned the honor last week.