David Rosenberger bobbled a chopper back to the mound hit by the first batter he faced, in his first career college baseball start. Four batters later, a two-run homer put Virginia in an early three-run hole.
But Rosenberger and the No. 3 Cavaliers bounced back from that rough start to beat Towson 5-3 Wednesday evening at Davenport Field. Rosenberger picked up the win after giving up three hits -- and those three unearned runs -- in four innings of work.
Hunter Bennett led off the game by reaching on Rosenberger's error, and scored on a Chris Henze groundout three batters later. Kurt Wertz followed with a two-run homer to give the Tigers the early 3-0 lead.
UVa responded with a four-run third inning, capped by a two-run Nick Howard double that gave the Cavaliers a 4-3 lead. A Branden Cogswell sacrifice fly gave the Cavaliers a 5-3 lead an inning later, and the UVa bullpen did the rest.
Whit Mayberry (three hitless innings), Austin Young (a perfect eighth inning), and closer Nick Howard (a hit and two strikeouts in the ninth for his fifth save of the season) combined to shut out the Tigers over the game's final five innings. Rosenberger -- whose first 27 career appearances came out of the UVa bullpen, including seven this year -- improved to 1-0 with the win.
Howard and Mike Papi had two hits apiece for the Cavaliers, who improved to 16-3 with their sixth straight win. UVa now travels to Miami for a three-game ACC series against the Hurricanes that starts Saturday night.