Daniel Cuvet helps Miami defeat Louisville with two three-run home runs, tying a school record

CHARLOTTE, N.C.: Miami, the No. 11 seed, defeated seventh-seeded Louisville 8-5 on Tuesday in the first game of the ACC Tournament. Freshman Daniel Cuvet blasted two three-run home runs to equal a club record.

On Thursday, Miami (25-29) will play second-seeded Clemson. On Friday, the Tigers and Louisville (32-23) will meet to wrap up pool play. The top four teams in each of their individual pools will go on to the semifinals on Saturday.

In the first inning, Cuvet launched a three-run drive over the right-center field wall in his first-ever playoff at-bat. In the eighth inning, he added another three-run drive to equal Pat Burrell’s 1996 rookie record of 23 home runs.

Wake Forest transfer Lucas Costello hit his seventh home run of the year in the sixth to make it 4-2.

Rafe Schlesinger (5-5) of Miami started the game and, in 5 2/3 innings, gave up three runs while striking out five. Myles Caba earned his fourth save of the year by striking out five batters as well.

In the ninth inning, Luke Napleton’s home run and Zion Rose’s RBI double gave Louisville two runs.

Evan Webster, the starter (5-3), suffered the loss despite only allowing three runs in one inning of work.

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