Cody Herald grounded to third to end the game, but only after he missed the foul line by the width of the baseball on an earlier stroke to left. A fair ball likely would have given the Griffins a 3-2 lead.
"When that ball was hit, my heart dropped," Butcher said. "[The umpire] called it foul, and I took a deep breath, came back and finished off the game."
The result eliminated Seton Hill (39-15), though the Griffins are considered safe for an at-large bid to the NCAA Division II tournament. They were ranked third in the Atlantic Region heading into the week.
The Griffins banged out 18 hits against three UC pitchers. Nick Sell went 2 for 4 with a home run and three RBIs while Mike Cima was 3 for 4 with a double, a two-run homer and two hit-by-pitches.
UC (20-29) finally foiled Brett Sullivan's shutout in the bottom of the sixth on Robert Collin's two-run double.
"Season-speaking, we're not pleased with the overall result, especially with last year's success," said Bradley. "But the thing to remember, it's been years and years since we've put together back-to-back 20-win seasons. I can't tell you when we've had a chance to go back to the conference tournament two years in a row, let alone win a couple of games each year.
"We're losing seven seniors. They're walking across the stage [today at graduation] with their diplomas, and [in] our program, our institution, that's a lot bigger than the games we're going to win or lose."
Jeremy Walter delivered the go-ahead blow, a two-run single with one out.
The Falcons chipped Shepherd's lead all the way to 7-6, but Ryan Messina's home run gave the Rams (26-22) an insurance run - or so they thought.
Nick Mayle picked up the win for Fairmont, but the Falcons rode the arm of Tyler Kincaid into the late innings. Kincaid relieved for Ryan Fenwick, finally retired the side in the second and then delivered five scoreless innings. He yielded to Mayle during the eighth, after Messina's home run.
Tyler Coyle pitched a complete game, giving up seven hits and striking out seven. Fairmont (23-25) scored three in the bottom of the fifth, all with two outs, but Coyle struck out Jeff Fansler to end the threat.
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