Cuvet Propels Miami to Series-Clinching Victory over BYU

Cuvet Propels Miami to Series-Clinching Victory over BYU

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Daniel Cuvet continued to rewrite the Hurricanes’ record books Friday evening.

The freshman tallied his second career multi-homer game, leading Miami to a 6-4 win over BYU at Mark Light Field.

“After four hits yesterday, it kind of took some pressure off,” Cuvet said. “I felt really comfortable in the box. I’ve been working a lot and made some adjustments. It’s an unreal feeling and hard to even describe to someone when it comes together like that.”

Cuvet smacked a 456-foot solo shot in the fourth before crushing a grand slam in the fifth to help the Hurricanes (21-24) secure the series over the Cougars (17-26).

The 6-foot-3, 237-pound slugger’s second blast in as many innings marked his 17th of his rookie campaign, moving him into a tie for the second-most home runs by a UM freshman in program history. Cuvet now trails only Pat Burrell’s 23 round-trippers in 1996.

“It’s an honor,” Cuvet said. “It’s all just the work I’ve put in. I’ve had so many people in my corner helping me. I can’t thank everyone around me who’s been there for me.”

Cuvet’s fireworks provided the Hurricanes with a 6-1 cushion, which was more than enough for starter Rafe Schlesinger.

Schlesinger matched a career-high nine strikeouts across six innings. The southpaw scattered six hits and allowed just one earned run.

“I felt really fresh today,” Schlesinger said. “I didn’t feel like I was going out there throwing anything as hard as I could. I then got in a groove and was hitting spot consistently.”

Relievers Brandon Olivera, Chris Diaz and Myles Caba (1) kept the visitors in check the rest of the way, yielding just one hit over the final three innings.

In the win, Caba earned his first career save, punching out the side in the ninth.

The Hurricanes will look for their second sweep of the season Saturday. First pitch is slated for 12 p.m.

“It’s one game at a time,” head coach J.D. Arteaga said. “Tomorrow, we’re 0-0. We have to come out and win a baseball game. That’s it. Nothing else matters.”

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