After coming one half-inning away from a trip to the NCAA Super-Regionals last year, expectations around FAU baseball's 2014 season are high. 

The Owls cracked Perfect Game's preseason Top 25 rankings Monday, coming in at No. 24. The Owls finished No. 20 in the poll last season. 

The Owls are predicted to finish second in their new league, Conference USA, this season, behind perennial powerhouse Rice

Kendall Rogers, who put together the preview and rankings, thinks that FAU is a darkhorse contender to reach the College World Series in June. 

 

"If you’re looking at two off the wall teams to get to Omaha, watch for #FAU and #ULL, who narrowly missed. #FAU has several A+ arms." -- Kendall Rogers