Hughes says: “Justin has been our most steady performer on the mound. A lot of people don’t know how many injuries he pitched through last year. He was never really healthy and he still had some quality wins for our program. He’s a guy who you put out there on the weekends and you feel really good about when you give him the ball going into the game. I don’t care who we play – when he has the ball in his hands, I feel really good about him pitching us into the seventh. I think he’s our top guy and we’re going to rely on him a lot over the course of the year. He’s a winner, we think he can handle a lot, and we’re going to give him a lot of responsibility.”
2010: Endured the roughest outing of his career in the season-opening loss against Kentucky, allowing career highs of 10 runs and and eight unearned runs ... Was pulled after just 2.1 innings ... Allowed 10 hits, while walking none and striking out two ... Rebounded with a nice effort in game one at CSU, going six innings for his first win of the season ...Allowed two unearned runs on seven hits, walked none and struck out four ... Tossed seven innings in game one with Long Island to pick up a win, allowing one run on three hits, no walks and five strikeouts ... Struggled in a rainy, game-one outing vs. Maryland, lasting just four innings and taking the loss ... Allowed five runs on seven hits and tied a career high with four walks ... Also struck out four ... Pitched well enough to win in game one with Clemson, but didn’t get any run support as the Hokies were shut out and took his third loss of the season ... Gave up two runs on two hits in 5.2 innings of work ... Walked a career- high five and struck out six ... Was named the ACC Pitcher of the Week on March 29 - the second such honor of his career - after throwing a complete-game shutout against Wake Forest on March 26 ... Allowed just four hits on the way to earning his third career win against the Demon Deacons and leveled his season record at 3-3 ... Retired 14 of the last 15 batters he faced, giving up just one single during his last five innings of work ... Struck out six and did not walk a batter ... Tied a career-high with 10 strikeouts in a game-one win over No. 4 Florida State to earn ACC Pitcher of the Week honors for the second straight week ... Allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits and two walks over seven innings of work ... Earned a no-decision in Tech’s game-one win over Miami ... Allowed six runs, though just three were earned, on eight hits in six innings of work ... Struck out six and did not walk a batter ... Gave up two runs on just four hits over 6.1 innings in a game-one no-decision at UVa, though he walked a career-high six batters ... Also struck out five ... Tossed eight frames of three-hit ball in a no-decision at Georgia Tech in game one ... Allowed just one run and walked three, while striking out eight ... Did not allow a hit until the fourth inning ... Picked up his fifth win in the opener with BC, allowing one run on five hits over 6.1 innings ... Did not walk a batter, but hit a career-high four ... Struck out nine ... Also picked up a win after throwing five innings in the shutout of Savannah State on May 8 ... Struck out nine again, while allowing three hits, three walks and two hit batters ... Picked up his seventh win on May 14 against Duke, limiting the Blue Devils to three runs on six hits and two walks ... Struck out three in 7.2 innings on the mound ... Struggled in a game-one start at UNC, allowing seven runs on six hits and five walks in just 3.1 innings ... Struck out three ... Earned National Player of the Week honors from Collegiate Baseball/ Louisville Slugger after turning in the most dominating performance at the ACC Championship ... Recorded a career-high 15 strikeouts during a complete-game, 6-2 win over sixth-ranked Georgia Tech, falling just three strikeouts shy of both the tournament and Virginia Tech single-game records of 18 ... Equaled the most strikeouts by a Hokie since 2005, and he allowed just two runs on four hits and two walks to improve his record to 8-4.
2009: Was Tech's most reliable starter, going 7-2 with a 3.95 earned run average in 12 starts, with a complete game … Struck out 59 and walked 17 in 66 innings of work … Had a rough outing in his first start, allowing 10 hits and seven runs (six earned) in four innings, but got away with a no decision … Picked up the win with a very strong outing in the second Bucknell game, throwing seven innings of shutout ball, while striking out a then career-high nine batters … Pitched 3.2 innings in a no-decision at Duke on March 17, allowing three runs on six hits and four walks … Took his first loss on March 15 against No. 1 UNC, though he threw just four pitches before leaving the game with a strained hamstring … Was responsible for the game’s first base runner, who scored, and UNC never trailed after that … Missed his next start before returning for game three of the NC State series … Was solid, striking out four in 5.1 innings while allowing just five hits, one walk and two runs (one earned) … Led the Hokies to a win in game three vs. Wake Forest by throwing his second career complete game, striking out eight, while scattering eight hits and two runs and walking zero … Picked up his third win by tossing seven innings in game two at Maryland, allowing three runs on four hits and four strikeouts … Took a perfect game into the fifth inning against Clemson on April 18 … Wound up pitching eight innings, allowing just two runs (one earned) on six hits and two walks … Struck out five and earned his fourth win of the season … Was dominant in a game-two victory over No. 11 Miami, striking out a career-high 10 batters over eight innings … Walked just one batter and scattered seven hits in allowing two runs, earning ACC Pitcher of the Week honors for his effort … Didn’t have the same success at Florida State, taking the loss after allowing six runs on eight hits over four innings … Picked up his sixth win after striking out seven over four no-hit innings in game two with Delaware State … Earned his seventh win by tossing 5.2 innings in a start against Virginia on May 15 … Allowed five runs (four earned) on nine hits and three walks while striking out four.
2008: Was arguably the team’s biggest surprise, posting an ERA of 4.16 that was best among Tech’s starters … Like Rhett Ballard, made the move from reliever to starter midway through the season … Finished with a 4-0 record and was second on the team with 57 strikeouts … Also posted a save … Highlight of the season came when he tossed a complete game to upset No. 1 Miami late in the year … Came in to face one batter in game one against Coastal Carolina … Gave up a hit and was charged with one unearned run … Saved the day at Davidson, coming into a bases-loaded jam with no outs in the third inning and Tech already trailing 8-3 … Allowed just one of the inherited runners to score and posted four shutout innings while the Hokies rallied … Gave up just three hits, while striking out seven batters and walking just one … Worked 1.2 innings of relief at Radford … Allowed an unearned run on one hit … Struck out two batters and did not have a walk … Saw brief relief duty in the last two games with GT … Pitched 2.1 innings against JMU, allowing one run on one hit … Appeared in all three games at UNC, and allowed two runs on a walk in game one … Pitched 2.1 scoreless innings in game two with FSU, and one scoreless frame in game three … Allowed three runs at JMU … Earned his first collegiate win against Radford on April 1, as he shut down the Highlanders to the tune of seven strikeouts with only one hit and one walk in 3.2 scoreless innings … Earned his first save in game one with Maryland … Tied his career high of seven strikeouts in four innings of relief in game two … Made his first start against VCU, and allowed just one hit in 2.1 innings of work … Was credited with the win in game two at Wake after entering in the third and throwing 4.1 innings of shutout ball … Started game two with NC State and tied a season-high with 4.1 innings pitched … Struck out three while walking four and giving up five hits and three runs … Pitched a career-high 5.2 innings in a start in game two at Clemson … Tossed five more innings in a start in game two with Presbyterian, striking out five on four hits and a walk … Threw a complete game in just his fifth-career start to upset No. 1 Miami … Allowed nine hits, four walks and six runs, but tied a personal best with seven strikeouts in a 132-pitch effort … Went eight innings on 110 pitches, fanning four, to defeat Duke in the penultimate game of the season.
High School: Lettered for three seasons under coaches Jerry Mobley and John Colantuoni at Forest Park High School … Was named the district, regional and all-area player of the year following a senior season in which he went 11-0 with two saves, 95 strikeouts and a 0.84 ERA in 73 innings pitched … Also batted .349 as a first baseman/outfielder, earning second-team all-state and first-team all-metro and All-Examiner honors … Went 8-1 with 115 strikeouts and a 1.03 ERA in 67.2 innings as a junior, and was named the district, all-area and All-Examiner Player of the Year … Also tossed two no-hitters and batted .389, getting named first-team all-region, in addition to honorable mentions on the all-metro and all-state teams … His team won the district championship for the second time in 2007, in addition to being runner-up in the region and making it to the state semifinals … Went 3-1 with a 1.15 ERA and 43 strikeouts as a sophomore … Was also involved in FBLA, Key Club, SCA 2007 and Learn and Serve.
Personal: Justin Wayne Wright … Born 8/18/89 in Fairfax, Va. … Son of Wayne and Dawn Wright … Enrolled in consumer studies.