Big South Conference

Chanticleers' title brings closure after 2010 disappointment

Until this week, Gary Gilmore didn't know if he would ever have as good a Coastal Carolina team as he did in 2010. That 55-win club was the No. 4 national seed for the NCAA Tournament but lost a pair of one-run games to South Carolina in super regionals.

For six years, Gilmore was dogged by memories of watching the Gamecocks celebrate on his home field before they went on to win the first of two straight national championships.

"Losing in 2010 was the hardest gut-wrenching loss of my life," he said.

On Thursday, Gilmore was holding the championship trophy. He and his Chanticleers won their school's first national title in any sport, validation for a baseball...