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Right-Handed Pitcher
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 210
Year: Senior
City/State: Chatham, N.J.
High School: Seton Hall Prep


A Preseason All-ACC Second Team pick by


  • Drafted in the 47th (1407th overall) round of the MLB Draft as a junior by the San Francisco Giants
  • Led Duke in relief appearances for the third straight year, appearing 25 times out of the bullpen
  • Had the fourth lowest ERA among ACC relievers who threw at least 40 innings
  • Went 2-2 with a 2.44 ERA and three saves
  • Threw 44.1 innings, striking out 38 and walking 11
  • Held hitters to a .250 average and gave up just one home run all year
  • Threw just two wild pitches
  • Had the highest strikeout-to-walk ratio of any Duke pitchers with at least 11 innings
  • Averaged a career-high 7.71 strikeouts per nine innings
  • Went more than one inning in 19 appearances
  • No-hit No. 7 Miami for 1.2 innings to combine with starter Andrew Wolcott for a 2-0 shutout victory
  • Threw a career-high four innings against Wake Forest, holding the Deacs to one run
  • Fanned in 2.1 innings in a win over Virginia Tech
  • Put together four straight scoreless outings from March 11-18 for 7.1 shutout innings
  • Turned in two scoreless appearances in the series win against NC State
  • Pitched for the Orleans Firebirds in the Cape Cod Baseball League
  • Went 0-1 with a 3.12 ERA in eight appearances (8.2 innings)


  • Was Duke's most heavily-used reliever, pitching 45.0 innings over a span of 21 appearances
  • Logged a 4.40 ERA, a 2-1 record and three saves
  • Struck out 35 batters and walked 14
  • Went more than one inning 17 appearances and two or more frames in 14 outings
  • Averaged just 2.8 walks per nine innings while averaging 7.0 strikeouts per nine
  • Retired 15 straight batters over two appearances against Georgia Tech
  • Logged four straight appearances of three innings from March 23 to April 11, all of which were against ACC opponents
  • Gave up just one home run all year and had the lowest home run per game average among Duke pitchers with at least 25 innings pitched
  • Held a 0.00 ERA through his eight appearances against non-ACC opponents
  • Earned a three-inning save against N.C. State after protecting a 4-1 Duke lead in the series opener (4/11)
  • Played with the Pittsfield Dukes of the New England Collegiate Baseball League and was named to the NECBL All-Star team after going 6-1 with a 1.41 ERA through 57.1 innings
  • Named NECBL Pitcher Of The Week for the final week of the season


  • Became one of the top options out of the bullpen as a freshman, making 23 appearances for the second most on the team
  • Went 4-3 with a 4.97 ERA through 58.0 innings, allowing 66 hits and 32 earned runs
  • Fanned 41 batters while walking 15
  • Tied for the ACC lead in fewest walks allowed
  • Named ACC Player of the Week on March 5
  • Had only one wild pitch all season
  • Averaged 6.36 strikeouts per nine innings compared to 2.33 walks
  • Had a scoreless streak of six straight innings over three appearances, all of which were against ACC opponents
  • Allowed the third fewest hits in the conference among pitchers with at least 35.0 innings pitched
  • Named to the Atlantic Baseball Confederation's All-Star Team during the summer after posting a 2.37 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP through 13 appearances for the Jersey Shore Tides
  • Gave up one earned run or less in eight of his nine starts
  • Led the team with 35 strikeouts and contributed six scoreless outings from the bullpen.

High School

  • Two-year letterwinner at Seton Hall Prep
  • Earned all-state and all-county honors as a senior after going 11-2 with a 1.89 ERA and 111 strikeouts
  • Captained the team as a senior
  • Named National Pitcher of the Week by USA Today on June 21, 2006
  • Louisville Slugger Preseason All-America selection as a senior
  • Led Seton Hall Prep to state titles during his junior and senior seasons
  • Went 8-0 with a 0.79 ERA and 75 strikeouts as a junior to earn all-county and all-area accolades
  • National Honor Society member


  • Born Michael Joseph Ness on October 20, 1987, in Summit, N.J.
  • Son of Paul and Connie Ness
  • Has two sisters, Jen and Sarah
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