The Bearkats (39-23) scored five unanswered runs to erase a three-zip deficit and held on in the ninth for a 5-4 elimination game victory over Troy (34-27) in front of an announced attendance of 4,469. The loss ends the Trojans' season, while Sam Houston State will face the Ole Miss-Southern Miss loser at 1 p.m. Sunday.
National saves leader Luke Prihoda surrendered a run during the final inning but induced a weak grounder from Trojan Josh Dew, stranding runners on the corners and closing out his 18th game of the season.
"Yeah, in a the ninth I labored a little," Prihoda said. "I do better out of the windup. The stretch was a little bit of a struggle. I was able to get the job done, and we got a W."
Reliever Stephen Price picked up his first win after tossing 2.2 innings of shutout baseball. Prihoda finished the final 2.2 innings.
Three-hole stick Bobby Verbick led the Bearkats with two hits and two RBI on the afternoon. Keith Stein and Todd Sebek also slapped multiple hits.
Clint Robinson was the Trojans only player with two hits.
Troy starter Troy Hallahan (5-7) suffered the loss after allowing five runs in six innings.
Troy struck for a run in the first and two in the second, but the Trojans didn't score again until the ninth inning.
Sam Houston answered with three in the third inning to tie the game and scored its final two in the fourth.
Bearkats stay alive with comeback win
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