It's 1,300 miles from Conway, South Carolina, to Omaha, and it might as well have been a million miles between the two when Gary Gilmore took over the Coastal Carolina baseball program in 1996.
Now, here he and the Chanticleers are, getting ready to play Arizona in a best-of-three series for the national championship starting Monday night — in their first trip to the College World Series.
Coastal Carolina earned its spot in the finals with a 7-5 victory over TCU on Saturday night.
"It's kind of like I'm in a dream. I'm scared to pinch myself, to be quite honest," Gilmore said. "Coming from where I started 21 years ago, and where our university...