Wake Forest began the 2012 season with its first practice of the spring on Friday, January 27.
Walter on Van Grouw
"Justin has made great strides with his command and his breaking ball. He will be a weekend starter for us come conference play. At 6'7 when he pitches downhill it's impossible to get clean swings off of him."
Made 14 appearances and led Wake Forest with 13 games started ... Also led the team with 71.1 innings of work ... Went 4-7 on the year with a 4.16 ERA ... Struck out 48 batters and walked 31 ... Kept opponents to a .278 batting average ... Came out of the bullpen for his first appearance of the year at ULM on Feb. 15 ... Started at Western Carolina on Feb. 20 and suffered the loss ... Picked up his first win of the year vs. Charlotte (Feb. 27), pitching 6.0 innings and striking out a season-high seven while giving up just one run ... Earned the win vs. NC State on March 16, going 6.0 innings and striking out three ... Followed that up by pitching 8.0 innings and earning the win at Maryland in his next start on March 23 ... Nearly pitched a complete game vs. Boston College, lasting 8.2 innings and striking out five in the win while allowing just three hits and one earned run ... Went 6.2 innings without giving up an earned run at Clemson but took the loss on Apr. 13 ... Went 7.0 innings and struck out four in his final career outing at Virginia Tech on May 17.
2012 (Junior) Made 16 appearances on the year ... His first 10 appearances were all as a starter before coming out of the bullpen for his last six appearances ... Went 1-5 with a 6.94 ERA in 58.1 innings of work ... Struck out 41 batters ... Only win came vs. UMBC (2/24), going a season-high 7.0 innings, striking out five and giving up just one earned run ... Recorded a season-high six strikeouts twice, with the first coming vs. Maryland (3/10) and the second coming vs. Florida State (3/24) ... Pitched a scoreless inning out of the bullpen in his first relief appearance at Winthrop (4/24).
2011 (Sophomore) Served multiple roles for the Deacon pitching staff, making 22 appearances and starting four games ... Made his first start of the season on Sunday of the season-opening series at LSU ... Picked up his first win of the season in a start vs. UNC Greensboro on March 1, going 6.2 innings with four Ks and only two hits ... Ended the season with a 4-3 record and the second-best ERA out of the bullpen at 4.57 ... Struck out 26 batters on the year ... Closed out the year on a roll, allowing just one earned run in 8.0 innings over his last six appearances ... Allowed just eight hits in those six appearances, including three games without giving up a hit ... Had 13 total appearances on the year without giving up an earned run ... Struck out multiple batters on seven occasions.
Appeared in 17 games, including seven starts, and had a 1-4 record with a 5.18 ERA ... Made collegiate debut against Dayton (2.20) and allowed two runs, one earned, on a hit with two strikeouts in 0.2 innings ... Pitched well in first collegiate start, but suffered the loss against Coastal Carolina (2.23), allowing two runs on five hits in 4.0 innings with three strikeouts ... Received a no decision in start at UNC Wilmington, pitching a career-long 4.2 innings and allowing two runs on four hits, while fanning a career-high five batters ... Made fourth start of the season against Gardner-Webb (3.17), pitching 4.0 scoreless innings and allowing just one hit, while tying a career-high with five strikeouts ... Earned first collegiate win in start against Charlotte (3.30), throwing 3.0 scoreless innings and giving up three hits, while striking out four and walking two ... Started against High Point (4.7) and received a no decision, allowing a run on three hits with a walk and strikeout and 3.0 innings of work ... Appeared in two games in series against Florida State, giving up two runs, only one earned, on a hit in 3.0 innings ... Made first ACC start against Boston College (4.18) and received the loss, giving up six runs, only two earned, on seven hits in 4.0 innings ... Retired the only batter he faced in relief appearance against UNC Greensboro (4.21) ... Tossed two scoreless innings against Maryland (5.20), allowing two hits.
Three year letter winner and team captain for both the baseball and basketball teams at Indian Hills High School ... Named First Team All-Conference in baseball and basketball ... Attended Perfect Game's National Showcase and the Area Code Games in 2008 ... Named Northeast Regional All-Star by Perfect Game ... Helped Indian Hills to win its first State Sectional Championship in 20 years as a sophomore ... Also played basketball in high school and averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds a game as a junior ... Named Most Distinguished Athlete at Indian Hills HS.
Born on September 7, 1990 ... Son of Brian and Linda Van Grouw.