Dominant pitching, explosive offense propels Tide to Tuesday sweep
CAREER ACCOLADES 2015 SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll 2014 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll
JUNIOR (2016) Maryland (2/21): Earned the first win by a Crimson Tide starter in 2016 ... tossed 6.0+ innings, allowing seven hits and one unearned run ... also struck out four and walked only one ... faced 26 hitters in Sunday’s contest, his highest total since March 25, 2014, vs. Troy when he faced a career-high 28 hitters ... his one walk is his fewest walks issued in a start since May 6, 2014, against Jacksonville State, in that game, he tossed 4.0 innings. North Dakota (2/28): Tossed 3.0 innings, allowing one unearned run on two hits and a walk ... also struck out three ... threw 41 pitches before exiting the game with arm tightness. LSU (3/20): Working on a pitch count, tossed 4.0 innings of scoreless baseball ... allowed three hits and one walk while striking out one Tiger hitter ... threw 50 pitches total in his first outing back since his arm injury against North Dakota. Tennessee (3/26-Game 2): Did not factor into the decision, working 5.0 innings ... allowed three runs (one earned) on five hits with four walks ... also struck out four across his 92 pitches. Georgia (4/2): Suffered his first loss of the season, tossing 3.0 innings and allowing seven runs (six earned) on nine hits … allowed two home runs, walked three and did not strike out a batter. Kentucky (4/10): Earned his second win of the season after working a career-long 7.2 innings ... allowed only one run on three hits with a walk and three strikeouts ... retired the first nine batters he faced before giving up a single ... followed that hit with a streak of eight straight retired before issuing a walk ... tossed only 82 pitches despite the career-long innings total. Ole Miss (4/17): Secured the series win with his third victory of the season ... worked 6.0 innings and allowed one earned run on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts ... threw a season-high 97 pitches ... his one earned run allowed marked his sixth time in seven starts this season in that he has allowed one or no earned runs. Texas A&M (4/24): Spun another gem of a start for the Crimson Tide but did not factor into the decision, working 7.0 innings of one-run baseball, allowing six hits and not issuing a walk while striking out a season-high five batters ... the junior wrapped up his day recording the final nine outs in order to limit the high-powered Aggie offense ... it was the first time in his career where he allowed only one run three games in-a-row as a starter ... it was the junior’s first time striking out at least five batters since April 28, 2015 against Southern Miss.
SOPHOMORE (2015) Fluctuated between a starter and reliever role, making seven appearances on the season with five starts ... finished with a 3-1 record and one save while sporting a 3.65 ERA (10 ER/24.2 IP) with 25 strikeouts overall ... went 2-1 with a 3.79 ERA (8 ER/17.0 IP) and 18 strikeouts as a starter ... coming out of the bullpen, was 1-0 with one save and a 3.18 ERA (2 ER/5.2 IP) while striking out seven compared to one walk ... from April 7-April 28, struck out five batters in all four appearances. Savannah State (2/24): Tossed 3.0 scoreless innings of work, striking out three while walking four and allowing just one hit. UAB (3/31): Earned his first win of the season after working 1.2 innings of one-run baseball and striking out two. Samford (4/7): Earned his first save of the season, tossing 4.0 innings and striking out five batters while allowing one run on two hits and a walk. UAB (4/14): Notched the win in his second start of the season, tossing 3.2 innings and allowing one run on three hits and four walks with five punchouts. Mississippi Valley State (4/21): Tossed a season-high 7.0 innings of one-run baseball in the first game against MVSU to collect his third win of the year ... struck out five while walking two and allowing three hits. Southern Miss (4/28): Suffered his first loss of the season, tossing 4.0 innings and allowing a season-high four runs on a season-high nine hits while walking two and striking out five. Alabama A&M (5/5): Made his fifth start of the year, tossing a season-low 1.1 IP and allowing two earned runs on four walks and a hit ... Alabama's bullpen would hold the Bulldogs scoreless over the final 7.2 innings for the 7-2 win in game one the doubleheader.
FRESHMAN (2014) Made 20 appearances in 2014 with nine starts, including two quality starts ... went 3-2 with a 3.35 ERA (19 ER/51.0 IP) and a .188 average against. St. Louis (2/15): Struck out one across 3.0 scoreless IP in his first collegiate appearance. Southern Miss (2/26): Did not factor into the decision in his first career start, surrendering one unearned run while striking four in 5.0 IP against the Golden Eagles. Samford (3/11): Gave up one run on three hits with a career-high 12 punchouts against the Bulldogs for his first victory at Alabama ... the 12 strikeouts tied Justin Kamplain for the most strikeouts in a game by an Alabama pitcher during the 2014 season. Troy (3/25): Picked up the second win of his career against the Trojans, allowing only one run on two hits and striking out nine through 7.0 IP. Jacksonville State (5/6): Credited with the win in a four-inning start, holding the Gamecocks scoreless.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA Was selected in the 29th round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers ... was ranked the 35th-best prospect in Florida and seventh among right-handed pitchers by Perfect Game USA coming out of high school in 2013 ... also rated the 206th overall prospect nationally by PG and 60th among all right-handers ... ranked the 60th overall draft-eligible player by Fox Sports while Scout.com ranked him the 76th overall draft-eligible athlete ... 2013 Florida All-Region First Team selection by Perfect Game ... competed as part of the 2013 Florida Athletic Coaches Association All-State games in Sebring, Fla. ... 2013 All-County selection by both the Tampa Tribune and Tampa Bay Times ... selected to be the starting pitcher at the Tampa Bay High School All-Star Classic ... three-time all-district selection at Cambridge Academy ... as a senior, posted a 5-0 record with a 0.40 ERA and .105 average against while striking out 87 batters over 41.0 IP ... helped fourth-ranked Cambridge reach the 2013 FHSAA Final Four ... member of the 2012 Florida Diamond Club - West Team ... Class 2A First Team All-State selection as a junior ... helped fifth-ranked Cambridge Academy compile a 22-6 record in 2012, reaching the Class 2A Regional Championship game ... son of Kirk Eicholtz and Michelle Metz ... has one brother, Zach, and two sisters, Rebekah and Gioia ... father Kirk played baseball at Stetson University ... born Nicholas Tyler Eicholtz on Aug. 12, 1994, in Tampa, Fla. ... majoring in management.