May 24, 2012
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Air Force baseball placed three players on the College Sports Madness Mountain West Baseball All-Conference team for the 2012 season. The Falcons were led by sophomore Seth Kline, who earned first-team honors as an infielder.
Kline was Air Force's top hitters this year, leading the Falcons with a .322 batting average, .441 on-base percentage, five home runs and 25 walks. The Yakima, Wash., native also led the Falcons with in Mountain West play by batting .348, slugging .576 and hitting four of the team's six conference homers. The sophomore 1B/DH managed to play through a near season-ending injury when he was struck in the face by a thrown ball on a bang-bang play at first midway through the season. Despite suffering a bone fracture in his face, Kline returned to play just weeks after the injury.
Custons, a two-time All-MW honoree, batted .316 with four homers, 16 doubles and 34 runs scored. Custons possesses one of the top throwing arms in all of the nation at catcher, leading the conference by throwing out 20 base runners and 66.7 percent of steal attempts (20-of-30). The Sarasota, Fla., native was first or second on the team in 11 offensive categories.
Bast was one of Air Force's top hitters, batting .305 with four homers and a team-leading 31 RBIs and five triples. The center fielder also ranked second on the team with 12 doubles, 30 runs scored, six sacrifice bunts and seven stolen bases. Bast, a native of Pensacola, Fla., was also second on the team with 51 starts and games played.