Custons and Carley Named To All-Mountain West Baseball Team
May 23, 2011
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Air Force baseball sophomores Garrett Custons and Sean Carley were named to the 2011 All-Mountain West Conference baseball team, announced today by the conference office. Custons was named to the first-team as a catcher and Carley earned second-team honors as a right-hand pitcher.
Custons led Air Force in several offensive and defensive categories. The Sarasota, Fla., native led the team in 10 offensive categories, which included a .330 batting average, 42 runs scored, 21 doubles, six homers and 13 stolen bases. The sophomore also ranked in the MW top 10 in 10 offensive categories. Defensively, Custons led the MW (as of May 21) with 22 base runners thrown out and ranked second with seven pickoffs.
Custons caught fire late in the season, batting .538 (14-for-16) over the last two weekends to raise his batting average 31 points. Custons also led the Falcons with a .356 batting average in MW play.
"Garrett is an incredibly talented baseball player and we are excited to have him at the Air Force Academy for the next two years," head coach Maj. Mike Kazlausky said. "He is a multifaceted player that can run, hit and throw, as well as being an excellent catcher. He is our catalyst on our team and we will continue to build around Garrett for the years to come."
Carley had one of the strongest seasons ever by a Falcon starting pitcher, striking out 62 batters in 82.1 innings. His 3.94 earned run average was the lowest ERA by an Air Force starting pitcher in 28 years, dating back to Bob Wright's 3.58 ERA in 1983. The Melbourne, Fla., native's 62 strikeouts are the most by a Falcon pitcher since 2002, when Erik Fisher fanned 88. Carley posted a 3-5 overall record.
Carley set a school record for the lowest MW ERA at Air Force, posting a 4.10 ERA in 37.1 innings pitched. Carley also led Air Force with three complete-games and held opposing batters to a .279 batting average. He also pitched one of the best single games in Air Force history when he tossed a two-hit shutout against Bowling Green. After allowing base hit singles in the first and leading off the second, Carley retired 24 consecutive batters to close out the game. He also struck out a career-high 12 batters vs. Bowling Green.
Carley is just the second Air Force pitcher to earn all-MW honors and the first since Matt Kaercher in 2002.
"Sean is our ace of the staff, and it is a tremendous honor to him and to our program to have him selected to the MWC All-Conference Team," Kazlausky said. "Sean pitched brilliantly in all of our games and we look forward to having our ace back next year!"