September 18, 2009 12:00 AM

Gilmore has many pieces to play with

Gary Gilmore has assembled what may be the most talented group of players in Coastal Carolina baseball history. Over the next 45 days, the veteran skipper will begin to put the pieces together. The Chanticleers, featuring an experienced cast and carrying big expectations, resume the quest for their first trip to Omaha - the site of the College World Series - when fall practice commences today. Gilmore returns seven position players who started at least 30 games and three pitchers who had at least 60 innings on the mound last season, a 47-16 campaign that ended in the NCAA Chapel Hill (N.C.) Regional. "If all of them do the things they need to do physically, we get tougher mentally and improve in a lot of ways, this team could be really special," said Gilmore, whose program will punctuate the fall season with the Chanticleer World Series Oct. 30-Nov.1.

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