LSU drops one run game in finale

Reliever Jared Incinelli handcuffed No. 17 LSU with five innings of one-run ball on Sunday, while a pair of sacrifices in the top of the 10th inning helped North Florida avoid a series sweep as the Tigers fell, 4-3, at Alex Box Stadium.

LSU had secured the series win with a two-game sweep of the Ospreys on Saturday. Both teams battled through frigid temperatures all weekend.

The Tigers host Centenary at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the first of 11 midweek games.

UNF struggled against LSU pitching on Saturday but found a way to manufacture a run off right-hander Will Harris when it needed it most a day later.

Harris (0-1) came into pitch the final three frames after making the move from third base in the eighth. The senior, whose last outing on the mound was against Houston in 2004, suffered the hard-luck loss issuing the lone-run.

Despite the loss, Harris retired nine of the 11 batters he faced. It was in the top of the 10th where a leadoff double by left fielder Damon Olinto would prove to be the difference.

Olinto was able to move over to third base on a sacrifice bunt from third baseman Grant Rogers. Catcher Brandon Diaz then gave the Ospreys their only lead of the weekend with a sacrifice fly into left field, scoring Olinto.

The Tigers had numerous chances late in the game to push across a run but could not manufacture a timely hit against Incinelli.

Gerard Victoriano, who replaced Harris at third, fanned with a pair of runners on in the ninth. Harris flied out with a runner at third to end the seventh.

LSU's last threat came when Quinn Stewart reached on a one-out infield single in the 10th. Stewart was then caught stealing by catcher James Belyea. Catcher Matt Liuzza fanned to end the game.

"The bottom line is we didn't get the timely hits," said Stewart. "They have some good arms, but we didn't execute when we needed to."

Incinelli (1-0) picked up the win in five innings of brilliant relief. The right-hander scattered five hits, allowed one run, walked none and struck out four.

For the second straight day, newcomers Jarred Bogany and Steven Waguespack led the Tigers at the plate. Bogany finished 3-for-3 with a RBI, and Waguespack was 2-for-4 with a RBI.

UNF overcame early errors on Sunday. In the third, Michael Hollander beat out a bunt single and then took second when third baseman Grant Rogers' throw caromed into the right field bleachers.

Bogany put the Tigers on the board with a sacrifice fly, scoring Hollander. Wise then drilled the first fastball he saw into left field to give LSU a 2-0 lead.

Tiger starter Daniel Forrer surrendered his second consecutive leadoff double in the fourth. Jimmy Glanville would trot home two batters later on Brett Maloley's sharp single into right field.

UNF knotted the score at 2-2 with another run in the sixth. Forrer gave way to sophomore Michael Bonura after allowing a one-out single to Glanville.

Olinto drove in the tying run with a single, but Bonura was able to minimize the damage by recording the final two outs of the inning.

The Tigers immediately reclaimed the lead in their half of the sixth on Waguespack's RBI single.

UNF tied the game again in the seventh when Glanville's squeeze bunt scored Matt Oxendine.

Jonathan Wilhite made his LSU debut in the seventh. A walk and a sacrifice fly ended the Delgado transfer's day. Harris inherited the base runner and finished off the inning by forcing a line out and ground out.

"Anybody who could pitch today, outside of Wilhite hasn't pitched in two years," said head coach Smoke Laval. "We have to do it again but you would like to be up four or five."

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