Far Cry Primal: Selling the Stone Age

first_imgFar Cry Primal: Selling the Stone AgeThe creative director and marketing boss on shipping Ubisoft’s mammoth titleRachel WeberSenior EditorMonday 7th March 2016Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleUbisoftIt’s a daring move to make a massive thematic change to a franchise. Making a change that removes all the guns can seem, from the outside, to be total madness, but that’s exactly what Ubisoft did with the latest instalment of its Far Cry series. GamesIndustry.biz spoke to Thomas Simon, game director, and Thomas Seris, senior brand manager, about the creation and marketing of this Stone Age story.”I think there’s a natural fit between the Stone Age and the Far Cry franchise. That’s why there was a strong buy in from everyone, because we see it as the first frontier and that’s a concept we really like to explore in all Far Cry games,” says Simon.”It was the first time man started fighting with each other while still being chased by very dangerous wildlife, it’s an ideal setup.”He reveals that the concept was first circulated during the development of Far Cry 3 and work began on the project during the development of Far Cry 4. “A Far Cry game does not have to be necessarily ultra realistic but it has to be believable” “A Far Cry game does not have to be necessarily ultra-realistic but it has to be believable. For that there’s really a sweet spot to find where the experience still affords the freedom and fun that we like, and at the same time feels grounded, like you’re part of a world that has rules and logic behind it that you can join and accept.”While the development team were busy creating the world, it was up to the marketing team to start selling it to press and hardcore Far Cry fans.”Far Cry Primal is a completely fresh take on the franchise and our marketing plans reflect that,” explains Seris.”In terms of support, our plan is in line with Far Cry 4. The Stone Age was a brutal and challenging time and our goal with the campaign was to bring that to life for players.”Part of the campaign included getting the game in the hands of press quickly, to allow them to not only play the game but ask questions about it too.”Shortly after we revealed the game, we gave specialist press an opportunity to get hands-on time with the game and conduct developer interviews. This gave the press a chance to tangibly experience new aspects of the game and to answer questions they might have had since the announcement. “Providing press with hands-on time was a core component of our campaign because one of the special things about Far Cry is its systemic feature; they could then share those unique experiences with viewers and readers.”A whole new languageExpand ▼”We discussed if we should totally invent a language or use an archaic English version, and at some point we found a solution with the help of linguistic experts from the university of Kentucky and we actually did a mix between using a real archaic language and adapting it to our needs.”Seris particularly emphasised the importance of the YouTube and Twitch community when it came to spreading the word.”These content creators are some of the most passionate gamers and their feedback, interest and support goes a long way,” he says. “YouTube and Twitch are important platforms for our campaigns and Far Cry Primal is the perfect game for these platforms. The systemic nature of the open-world creates an unpredictable playground where anything can happen at any time.”Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games The biggest change to the series, and the one I personally had the most questions about when it was announced, was the absence of guns. Having now played it, I don’t miss them, especially not when riding my tamed sabre-tooth while shooting off multiple arrows. That’s thanks to a careful balancing act by the development team, says Simon.”The idea was really that even though we know we don’t have automatic weapons we wanted to give the same tactical freedom for players between short-range, long-range. Weapons that you use aggressively, some weapons that are more stealthy. “All that was really core and we did a lot of work to adapt the world, the animals, the enemies, to that loop. We had to change the range at which they attack you, the weapons they use, in order for the gameplay, the combat loop, to find a new equilibrium.”Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesUbisoft posts record sales yet again, delays Skull & Bones yet againPublisher moves away from target of 3-4 premium AAA titles a year, wants to build free-to-play “to be trending toward AAA ambitions over the long term”By Brendan Sinclair 11 hours agoFirst-party Ubisoft titles will now be branded as ”Ubisoft Originals”Change was made alongside the announcement of new Tom Clancy titleBy Danielle Partis 2 days agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

Borrego builds largest college solar array in New York

first_imgBorrego builds largest college solar array in New YorkThe installation, which will save Houghton College up to $4.3 million during the 25-year PPA contract period, will generate an estimated 3.15 million kilowatt hours of electricity in its first year of operation. April 20, 2015 Edgar Meza Installations Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share Borrego Solar Systems Inc. has completed the largest solar energy installation on a college campus in New York State. Built at Houghton College in southwestern New York, the 2.5 MW on-site array will provide enough energy to meet more than half of the school’s electricity needs. Designed and built by Borrego, the installation was financed by Washington, D.C.-based WGL Energy through a power purchase agreement that covered all of the upfront costs. General Energy Solutions, which provided some 8,570 solar panels for the project, originally owned the system before selling it to WGL. The installation will generate an estimated 3.15 million kilowatt hours of electricity in its first year of operation – enough to power 370 homes annually — and will allow the college to realize a 23% first-year greenhouse gas reduction and save up to $4.3 million during the 25-year PPA contract period. “The solar project reflects both Houghton College’s commitment to renewable energy and our commitment to form creative partnerships for the greater good of our region,” said Houghton College President Shirley Mullen. Borrego senior project developer Amy McDonough added, “We commend Houghton for working with Borrego Solar, WGL Energy and General Energy Solutions to take advantage of available financing, technology and New York’s net metering policies to secure the long-term economic and environmental benefits that solar can provide for schools statewide.” New York’s solar policies have supported rapid development through incentives, supportive permitting procedures and other programs to get accelerate solar deployment. 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AfDB backs off-grid solar project in Zim

first_img BRICS Solar pv power plant The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA), an arm of the African Development Bank (AfDB), has approved a $965,000 grant for a 20MW off-grid solar project in Zimbabwe.PV Magazine reported that the grant was awarded to Zimbabwean investment company Oxygen Energy Private Limited who will compile a business case for the project.Solar project specsAccording to media, the project installations will occur on several Old Mutual Property Group Zimbabwe-owned buildings.The generated power will offset any power interruptions caused to the small and medium sized businesses within these buildings.SEFA said the project will lead to displacement of more than 12 million liters of diesel per year, and that it will be developed in the frame of the country’s Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (ZimAsset 2013), PV Magazine reported.Zim power situationHaving experienced low dam levels at the Kariba hydropower dam, with generating capacity dropping from 750MW to 275MW, the southern African country continues to seek support from South Africa. Read more…With ongoing discussions around the amount of procured power to be supplied matched with fair payment conditions, ZESA remains in debt with the South African utility Eskom.Earlier this week, Eskom noted that notice has been given to the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) to honour its increasing debt by the end of this month or it would be forced to cut its electricity supply.According to Engineering News, Zimbabwe owes Eskom R603 million [$44 million], of which R119 million [$8.6 million] is outstanding arrears. The amount has increased from R443 million [$32 million] that ZESA owed Eskom for power supply as at December 2016.Eskom supplies about 300MW of electricity per day to Zimbabwe under a nonbinding agreement.“Eskom can confirm it had concluded a repayment plan with ZESA and have subsequently given ZESA an extension to end May 2017 to ensure compliance and have indicated that no further lenience will be given,” Eskom said in response to queries from the African News Agency (ANA).“The quoted balance is incorrect, with ZESA owing Eskom considerably less than the stated R1.08 billion [$73 million], and Eskom has sufficient guarantees in place to secure the debt.” Read more… AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Generation Featured image: 123rf Previous articleIndonesia to house largest tidal power projectNext articleOUTA welcomes regulator’s ruling on power tariff increase Ashley TheronAshley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa.center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Finance and Policy Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon developmentlast_img read more

JV McDonald’s Classic begins Dec. 29 at WUHS

first_imghttps://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_Basketball.jpg Powered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay Mama’s Deviled EggsNOW PLAYINGBest Carrot Cake EverNOW PLAYINGApple Pie Bites With Caramel SauceNOW PLAYINGHawaiian Roll Ham SlidersNOW PLAYINGHomemade Caramel SauceNOW PLAYING5 Easy and Delicious Crock Pot Meatball Appetizer RecipesNOW PLAYINGApple Pie BitesNOW PLAYINGOld Fashioned Soft and Buttery Yeast RollsNOW PLAYINGCream Cheese Cake Mix CookiesNOW PLAYINGHow to Slice & Mince Vegetables Like a ProNOW PLAYINGPumpkin Cream Cheese BarsNOW PLAYINGHow to Knead DoughNOW PLAYINGHow to Use a Meat ThermometerNOW PLAYINGSlow Cooker/Crock Pot HintsNOW PLAYINGHow to Quarter a ChickenNOW PLAYINGHow to Clean Garbage DisposalsNOW PLAYINGHow to Clean Stainless Steel SinksNOW PLAYINGHow to Cook Scrambled EggsNOW PLAYINGHow to Peel Hard Boiled EggsNOW PLAYINGHow to Chill a Drink in 2 MinutesNOW PLAYINGHow to Chop an Onion PerfectlyNOW PLAYINGPerfect Bacon Every TimeNOW PLAYINGSweet Alabama PecanbreadNOW PLAYINGParmesan Baked Pork ChopsNOW PLAYINGPrime Rib Roast Au Jus Perfect Every Time! No FailNOW PLAYING Arrow Left #1 Icon Created with Sketch. Arrow right #1 Icon Created with Sketch. JV McDonald’s Classic begins Dec. 29 at WUHSDecember 22, 2015Peoples DefenderSports0 Top Searches Top Searches HayslipWinchesterWinch By Mark Carpenter – [email protected] – The 2015 JV McDonald’s Classic will begin next week, covering two days, Dec. 29 and 30. The JV tournament will be held at West Union High School.A full slate of action begins the JV Classic on Tuesday. At 10 a.m., the JV girls teams from North Adams and Manchester will battle in semi-final action, followed at 11:30 a.m. by a boys semi-final match up between the same two schools.At 1 p.m., the JV girls teams from Peebles and West Union face off and the day concludes with a Peebles-West Union JV boys tussle.On Dec. 30, action begins again at 10 a.m. with the JV girls consolation game, followed at 11:30 a.m. by the boys JV consolation contest.The JV Classic girls championship game is set for 1 p.m. with the JV boys championship game following at 2:30 p.m.All times are approximate. By Mark [email protected] HomeSportsJV McDonald’s Classic begins Dec. 29 at WUHS PreviousDecorating Contest winners named in PeeblesNextHuntley’s Holiday House Around the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterThis Weird Method Can Restore Your Vision Naturally (Watch)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

“FEI TV on the Go” iPhone App Launched

first_imgThe FEI has launched its free FEI TV on the Go iPhone application to mark St Nicholas Day.The new app, available for download here, allows users to access a wealth of high quality video-on-demand content, including competition highlights, interviews with top-riders and equestrian lifestyle features, as well as stay up-to-date with the latest FEI news, including event previews, competition reports and rider rankings on their phone.Subscribers to FEI TV, the FEI’s official video service, can also watch premium content and live-streamed coverage of the world’s most prestigious equestrian competitions, events and Championships.The new app comes equipped with the option of adding favourite live-streamed FEI events to the iPhone calendar and engaging with the FEI and international equestrian community on Facebook and twitter.FEI TV on the Go for iPhone, which follows last year’s highly successful launch of the application for iPad and iPad mini devices, is iOS 7-ready, making it compatible for all iPhones. Tags: FEI, FEI TV, Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Horse Sport Enews Email* We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. SIGN UP More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.last_img read more

Personal Best Dressage for Selena and Woody at Badminton

first_imgSelena O’Hanlon and Foxwood High, the 15-year-old Canadian Sport Horse gelding owned by John and Judy Rumble, had a benchmark dressage test and a personal best score of 26.4 at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials.“I’m really pleased,” Selena remarked in an interview after her test, which left her in current 4th place prior to the Thursday afternoon tea break. “Woody has been getting really fit on Mark Todd’s gallop – he’s been here since the beginning of April with me. He was feeling it when he got here with the weather and the atmosphere. He does have a lot of experience, but he kind of went back to ‘younger Woody,’ where he was a little bit wind-up-his-kilt in the jog. I’m really glad the sun came out and the wind settled down a bit ; I think it helped a lot. I made sure I took him out and lunged him in the lovely indoor they have here to get his mind a little more focussed. He hacked up here with Kiltubrid Rhapsody, who’s his galloping buddy. He was totally relaxed and when I got up here and in the ring, the atmosphere gave him a little bit of an edge. But in the walk I was able to push him and in the halt he was relaxed.“I just wanted to break into the 20s. I don’t worry too much about my placing after dressage, because it’s all subjective, it’s only the first day, and we all know it’s not a dressage show. So now I look forward to the cross-country.”Selena commented about the course, which has been subjected to extremely wet and cold spring weather. “It looks super! I’m glad I’m in the beginning and hope that the footing is good for Woody. He does have a bit of experience in the mud – at the World Equestrian Games the mud was up to his eyeballs – but I’m really counting on his fitness to help me make the time, and I really want a clear round.” Tags: Selena O’Hanlon, Foxwood High, Badminton Horse Trials, Horse Sport Enews SIGN UP Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Email* More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding.last_img read more

2 Native American brothers touring ‘dream school’ get patted down, questioned by campus police

first_imgColorado State University(FORT COLLINS, Colo.) — Two Native American teenage brothers visiting their “dream school” were questioned and patted down by campus police — after a suspicious parent who found them “creepy” called 911, according to the school.The prospective students, who traveled from New Mexico, were on a tour of Colorado State University April 30 when authorities approached them at the school’s student rec center, according to the university. The police officers were summoned there after a concerned parent with children on the tour called 911, saying that the brothers “really stand out.”That’s when the officers searched the brothers — identified as Thomas Kanewakeron Gray, 19, and Lloyd Skanahwati Gray, 17 — and asked them questions for about five minutes.They were ultimately allowed to go and rejoin the tour.But the boys’ mother, Lorraine Gray, told ABC station KOAT said the brothers — who had saved money and borrowed her car to visit their “dream school” — were singled out because of their race.“All because some biased person judged my boys on how they looked,” Grey said.Gray added that the school let her boys down.“I entrusted my boys to their campus and they failed us miserably,” she said.The incident comes just a few weeks after another incident in which two men had police called on them, apparently because of their appearance and race. On April 12, two black men were arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks when they sat inside the store and didn’t order anything.The incident led to protests and apologies from the coffee chain and the city, and the men eventually settled with both.At the university, the teens were approached by two officers, one of whom was wearing a body camera. The unidentified mother who called 911 said the brothers had refused to give their names and she thought they were “making stuff up” when she asked what they wanted to study, according to the university’s police report.“I feel completely ridiculous,” she said on the 911 call. “They’re probably fine; they’re just creepy kids.”According to the report, officers located the group at the CSU Student Rec Center. The officers are seen in the body camera video pulling them away from a group and asking one of them to take his hand out of his pocket.“Were you guys part of the group?” one of the officers is heard asking in the video.“Yeah,” the boys answer, one of them with his hands outstretched and slightly elevated.“How’d you meet up with them?” the officer asked.“We signed up online,” one of the men responded.The officer then tells both men to hold their hands out, and checks their pockets.The brothers then told the officers they arrived late for the tour and didn’t give their names because one of them was “shy.” The officers asked them for personal information, and one of the men hands them his ID card.“People were just worried because you guys were just real quiet and didn’t answer any of their questions and they don’t know who you were because you didn’t show up with parents or any of that stuff,” one of the officers is heard explaining in the video.The boys were not taken into custody and were free to go.Three university vice presidents called the incident “sad and frustrating” in a joint statement.“Particularly the experience of two students who were here to see if this was a good fit for them as an institution,” the email said.Tony Frank, the university’s president, said in a message Friday that the school has reached out to the family and wants to at least reimburse them for their expenses on the trip and welcome them back to campus as VIP guests.Frank also said the university was working on a number of changes for how student tours are conducted and how to address the incident in the future.“Two young men, through no fault of their own, wound up frightened and humiliated because another campus visitor was concerned about their clothes and overall demeanor, which appears to have simply been shyness,” Frank said. “The very idea that someone -– anyone -– might ‘look’ like they don’t belong on a CSU Admissions tour is anathema.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Serhant hires first cohort of agents, executives

first_img Message* Full Name* Serhant founded his brokerage in September and said his initial hires would be seasoned New York City agents with a minimum of five years of experience and at least $500,000 in gross commission income over the past 12 months. The firm isn’t dangling sweeteners such as signing bonuses as part of its recruitment efforts, Serhant said.“These initial people are a good mix for us,” said Serhant, pointing to Lee, who is the firm’s first hire in LIC, and Baker, who moonlights as a food and travel blogger and will be hosting one of Serhant’s new YouTube shows, Meals in Mansions.“They all have their own individual reasons and stories, and they’re all good fits,” Serhant added. “That’s what I’m also looking for more than anything.”So far, the firm has received a huge wave of interest, with about 1,000 brokers applying for jobs. Serhant believes that’s largely due to the changes the pandemic has wrought on the residential real estate industry.“A lot of agents are saying, ‘OK, what can my brokerage do for me? How can my brokerage help me grow my own brand?’ And no other brokerage can answer that question,” he said. “I think we’re the only firm that can really answer it.”Since the onset of the pandemic in March, sales volume in Manhattan and Brooklyn was roughly halved, while sales in Queens were down 40 percent year-over-year last quarter. Many brokerages have slashed costs through layoffs, furloughing employees and consolidating office space.Of the initial hires, several went through informal channels. Jadidian said he was referred to Serhant by a third party he declined to name, while others said the move was the product of years-long relationships with the celebrity broker. Landow, who boomeranged back to Serhant after a year away, called his return a “homecoming.”Lee, who’s handled sales at new development buildings for Modern Spaces for the past five years, said she “casually” reached out to Serhant after news of his new firm broke inquiring about opportunities.She said she’d never considered working with Serhant before on his team because it had felt like a “step back.”“But as soon as I heard that he created his own company, it was a total gamechanger,” she said. “I can be an agent under his brand, but I’m not under another agent.”Francis, who left Corcoran, said he’d had conversations with Serhant before working together, but, like Lee, had reservations because he didn’t want to join a team.“Now, it really felt like the right time,” said Francis. Though he acknowledged the risk of leaving an established firm for a smaller startup amid a pandemic, Francis said those same factors made Serhant more nimble and “much more appealing, especially post-pandemic.”He pointed to the firm’s attitude toward remote work as an example.“You’re not talking about desk fees or feeling chained to a desk,” said Francis. “His model is such that every new agent is provided with a laptop … and everything is right there with you.”Contact Erin Hudson Email Address*center_img Ryan Serhant and (clockwise from left) Chase Landow, Kayla Lee, Scott Francis and Natalie Vitebsky (Getty)Ryan Serhant has made his first round of hires at his new brokerage, snagging talent from Douglas Elliman, Compass, the Corcoran Group and Modern Spaces.Among the new hires are Chase Landow, a former Serhant Team alum who moved to Noble Black’s team at Elliman last year; Corcoran’s Scott Francis; and Kayla Lee, a Long Island City-based broker from Modern Spaces, Serhant confirmed.The celebrity broker also brought on Natalie Vitebsky, Elliman’s former vice president of operations, to become Serhant’s chief financial officer. Before her most recent stint at Elliman, Vitebsky was Compass’ head of finance for two years, and prior to that she was Elliman’s CFO for seven years.Other hires include Elliman agent Jonathan Perrelli, Elliman’s Sean Jadidian and Compass’ Jason Baker. Garrett Derderian, who previously led data and research divisions at CORE Real Estate and Stribling & Associates before going out on his own, will be Serhant’s director of market intelligence.Elliman and Compass declined to comment on the moves. Corcoran did not respond. Modern Spaces’ CEO Eric Beniam said Lee left his firm on good terms and “she knows our door is always open. I wish her luck.”Read moreRyan Serhant leaves the NestWhat Ryan Serhant’s new venture says about the future of brokerageInside Ryan Serhant’s new brokerage This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

Chick-fil-A Owner Stuns Employees, Pays Them During 5 Month Shutdown

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe owner of a fast food restaurant in Austin, Texas shocked his 50 employees by paying their full salaries during a five-month period when the business shut down.Jeff Glover, who has operated the Chick-fil-A for 15 years, wanted to remodel the building to accommodate more customers, but didn’t want to hurt his workers. So he continued paying them for the full five months.RELATED: One Chick-fil-A Owner Is Donating 200 Sandwiches to Iowa Pride EventThe restaurant, which reopened this week at West Braker Lane and U.S. 183, is now the largest Chick-fil-A in Austin–and surely the chicken retailer with the biggest heart.(READ the story from KVUE) Image credit: KVUE video posted in 2015Inspired?  Share the News on Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

BASEBALL: Central Michigan holds back Lamar

first_img Another double play in the third struck down Coker after he led off with a terrific bunt single down the left field line, and though Adames singled to short after the double play the Cardinals couldn’t bring him home. The score remained 3-2 in favor of CMU after three.The fourth started with a strikeout but three consecutive walks loaded the bases. A 4-3 grounder scored one and two more walks drove home another run before a strikeout ended the inning with Central Michigan leading 5-2.CMU stretched its lead to six runs, 8-2, in the fifth with three hits, a walk, and an errant fielder’s choice that achieved no outs, and Lamar responded with two runs of its own in the bottom of the inning. Coker drew a leadoff walk and came home on an RBI triple from Adames, putting the senior third baseman from The Bronx, New York, just a double short of the cycle. A sac fly from Gutierrez scored Adames to pull Lamar within four, 8-4, at the end of the sixth.CMU take one more run on the sixth and in the seventh on three more hits, but Dylan Johnson, Marcus Olivarez, and Kristjan Storrie held the Chippewas scoreless the final two innings with a combined four strikeouts and just one hit allowed with no walks, allowing Lamar to attempt another late rally. A solo shot by Quirion with one out in the eighth looked like it could be the start of Lamar’s comeback. Durand followed up the homer with a triple and came home on a sac bunt from George, and though Coker drew a walk in the next at-bat, a strikeout ended the threat. With just one inning left Lamar trailed by four, 10-6.Adames drew a lead-off walk and advanced to second on a two-out single from Kemp but a strikeout ended the game. Central Michigan won 10-6.The Cards return to action on Tuesday with the University of Houston coming to Vincent-Beck Stadium at 6 p.m. and a three-game series at home against BYU will close out February with games on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Lamar sports informationBEAUMONT — Lamar (4-4) collected 16 hits and struck out 11, but double plays and walks limited the impact on both sides of the ball as Big Red ultimately fell 10-6 to Central Michigan (6-2) on Sunday.“This whole pre-conference schedule is tough and it’s designed to get us ready for conference,” said head coach Will Davis. “The more we play the more we learn about our team, and we’re getting closer and closer to figuring this thing out. I do believe the ingredients are here to have a good season, and now all we have to do is put it all together.”Neither team scored in the first inning as Grason Wright sat the Chippewas down in order and Cole Coker’s one-out single was erased on a double play, and the scoring started in the second with five combined runs in the inning. The Chippewas turned a leadoff double and a walk into three runs on a homer with no outs and got one more hit before a sac bunt, a strikeout, and a flyout ended the inning, and Lamar responded with a leadoff homer from Robin Adames and singles Anthony Quirion and Reese Durand to plate two. A double play earlier in the second inning struck down Jorge Gutierrez after he singled to left field. After two innings the score was close, 3-2, in favor of CMU.last_img read more