COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M Baseball announced its schedule for the 2017 season, a 56-game slate that features 35 home games in the friendly confines of Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.

The Aggies will play nine teams that participated in the 2016 NCAA Championship for a total of 17 games, including LSU (3), Mississippi State (3), Ole Miss (3), Vanderbilt (3), Dallas Baptist, Rice, Sam Houston State, TCU, and Texas Tech. The schedule includes 30 games against teams that finished in the Top 100 of the 2016 RPI, including 16 games against RPI Top 25 opponents.

"We will have plenty of challenges presented to us with this season’s schedule and we’re looking forward to it,” Texas A&M head coach Rob Childress said. "You run out of ways to describe how tough the SEC schedule is and we are cultivating some really intense rivalries with teams in the SEC West. The non-conference schedule has games in a Major League park, which is always exciting for the players, and some rivalry games with Texas and Rice.”

The Aggies' 2017 campaign commences with a nine-game homestand, including the season-opening three-game series against Bowling Green (Feb. 17-19) and a visit from Pepperdine (Feb. 24-26) the following weekend.

The Maroon and White head to Houston (March 3-5) for the Shriners Hospitals College Classic played at Minute Maid Park. They will meet up with three former conference foes at the tournament, including Baylor, Texas Tech and TCU.

Before opening the SEC slate, the Aggies welcome UT-Rio Grande Valley (March 7-8) for a two-game midweek series followed by a visit from Brown (March 10-12).

The Aggies open SEC play on March 17-19 in College Station against Kentucky. They then hit the road for two marquee series against Vanderbilt (March 24-26) and LSU (March 30- April 1).

Texas A&M hosts conference series with Auburn (April 7-9), Tennessee (April 21-23), and Mississippi State (May 4-6) before concluding the regular season with a visit from Arkansas (May 18-20).

Other SEC road trips in league action include Alabama (April 13-15), Missouri (April 28-April 30) and Ole Miss (May 12-14).

“The SEC schedule has a lot to offer,” Childress said. “Every series is intense and high energy from the first pitch. The home schedule includes a pair of series in May that figure to be deciding factors in the SEC West. The league schedule has trips to some of the best venues in the country, including Vanderbilt, LSU and Ole Miss and the

The remainder of the Aggies' nine midweek home games include contests against Stephen F. Austin (Feb. 21), Prairie View A&M (Feb. 28), Incarnate Word (March 1), Rice (March 21), Dallas Baptist (April 4), Abilene Christian (April 11), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (April 25), Houston Baptist (May 2) and Sam Houston State (May 16).

Texas A&M travels for midweek games at Texas (March 14), Texas State (March 28), and UT-Arlington (April 18)

The postseason begins in Hoover as the Aggies look to defend their 2016 SEC Tournament title from May 23-28.

NCAA Regional action is scheduled for June 2-4, followed by the Super Regionals from June 9-11. College baseball's national champion will be crowned in Omaha at the College World Series on June 17-28.

Texas A&M is coming off a 2016 campaign in which they finished 49-16 including their best SEC finish at 20-10 and claimed an SEC Tournament championship and a second-consecutive NCAA Regional title.