(DOTHAN) --Alabama freshman pitcher Nick Eicholtz allowed just three hits and struck out 12 in his first career victory Tuesday against Samford.
The Tide beat the Bulldogs 12-1.
The Alabama pitching streak of 37 scoreless innings came to an end in the seventh but the Crimson Tide had already put up double digit runs on the Bulldogs.
Alabama has now won six in a row in a streak that has seen the Crimson Tide (10-5) surrender just 10 runs.
The Odessa, Fla., product struck out at least one batter in each of his seven innings of work and needed just 84 pitches to get through the 22 batters he faced. The two singles he allowed in the third and fifth were promptly nullified by double plays.
In five appearances -- three starts -- Eicholtz has thrown 22 innings with 20 strikeouts and carries an earned run average of 1.23.
Eicholtz worked with a lead of no fewer than three runs after Alabama went to work on Samford's Cody Pugh in the second inning.
Alabama opens SEC play Friday when it hosts Kentucky. Samford travels to No. 17 Louisville.