ESM, meanwhile, returned home on Wednesday, taking on Phoenix and again struggling to find offense in a 6-0 loss to the Firebirds.
The Spartans only managed five hits off Phoenix pitcher Emilio Tassone, who struck out seven. Meanwhile, ESM pitchers Greg Fingar and Joel Clark avoided any big trouble, but the Firebirds scored in five of the seven innings, steadily getting away.
A day later, the offensive struggles continued in a 7-2 loss to Bishop Ludden. ESM managed eight hits, but could not convert those chances, stranding runners against Gaelic Knights pitcher Cory Poplawski.
Despite this, the Spartans took a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the fourth inning, when Ludden took command with four runs off Casey Sullivan. Steve Loder worked in relief, but the Gaelic Knights pulled away as Kyle Hawk led them with two hits and three RBIs.