Sam Houston St. 5, Troy 4

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - Luke Prihoda earned his national best 18th save yesterday as Sam Houston State rallied for a 5-to-4 win to eliminate Troy from the NCAA Oxford regional.

Prihoda worked two and two-thirds innings to help the fourth-seeded Bearkats (38-24) pick up their first regional win since 19-96.

Sam Houston State will play the Mississippi-Southern Miss loser

Stephen Price (1-0) earned the win with two and two-thirds innings of hitless relief after replacing starter Jesse Marshall.

Joe Hallahan (5-7) gave up eight hits in six innings and took the loss for Troy (35-26).

Clint Robinson and Edgar Ramirez had two hits apiece for Troy.

The Trojans, who committed five errors in an opening-round loss to Southern Miss, could not overcome three errors against the Bearkats that led to three unearned runs.

Keith Stein, Todd Sebek and Verbick led the Bearkats with two hits apiece.