FAYETTEVILLE - There are good vibes in Stillwater for the Arkansas baseball team.

FAYETTEVILLE - There are good vibes in Stillwater for the Arkansas baseball team.

Allie P. Reynolds Stadium is the site of the Diamond Hogs’ Super Regional-clinching victory last year. Arkansas beat Stillwater Regional top-seed Oklahoma State a night before knocking off St. John’s to move one round short the College World Series.

As much as Arkansas players remember it, Oklahoma State ones may recall more-so. It was the Cowboys who were supposed to win that four-team miniature tournament. And as much as can be in a nonconference game in March, payback is on the mind.

"(Michael Bernal) was there as a freshman and he has plenty of thoughts about OSU and I am from Oklahoma and all my buddies go there, the kids I grew up with in high school and don’t even play baseball go there," Arkansas reliever Zach Jackson said. "So I would say that it is definitely something that we are both looking forward to."

The teams are about on equal footing again in 2016. Arkansas is ranked No. 16 and Oklahoma State is 18th. They are disparate in what they do well, though.

Oklahoma State is the best pitching team in the Big 12 Conference. The Cowboys have 2.20 earned-run average as a team, more than a half-run per nine innings lower than the No. 2 team in the league. The staff leads the conference in strikeouts and fewest home runs allowed, as well. They just can’t hit very well, ranked last in the league in batting average at just .246.

Good news for Arkansas is they’ll miss the two Cowboys aces in Thomas Hatch and Jensen Elliott. Michael Mertz, of a 3.92 ERA and 15 walks in 20-plus innings, will go Tuesday night. Arkansas will likely counter with freshman right-hander Blaine Knight.

The game is something of a homecoming for the four Oklahoma natives on the Razorbacks roster. Pitchers Jackson (Tulsa) and James Teague (Bartlesville) were on the squad last year when Arkansas played in Stillwater. Jackson is unlikely to pitch Tuesday because he worked 2 1/3 innings on Sunday against Auburn. First baseman Austin Catron (Stilwell) and freshman pitcher Barrett Loseke (Jenks) will be playing in their home state for the first time as Razorbacks, though Loseke, too, is unlikely to pitch because he did Sunday.

Bernal is familiar, as well. He started his college career at Oklahoma State. It didn’t work out with coaching staff, and after a stop at a junior-college, Bernal landed in Fayetteville. He’s now a senior and team leader in home runs (six).

"We are excited," Arkansas shortstop Michael Bernal said. Last time we were there it was a really sweet moment for us. I was talking to the guys and how they might feel that we snuck that one by to punch our ticket."

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Game Ticket

Arkansas (18-6) at Oklahoma State (17-7)

Where: Allie P. Reynolds Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma

When: Tuesday at 6 p.m.

TV: FOX Sports Plus

Radio: Razorback Sports Network

Projected starters: Blaine Knight (2-0, 4.32 ERA) vs Michael Mertz (1-1, 3.92 ERA)

Key hitters: Arkansas - 3B Carson Shaddy (.388 AVG, 23 RBI), SS Michael Bernal (6 HR, 26 RBI), LF Luke Bonfield (.328 AVG, 4 HR, 20 RBI); Oklahoma State - SS Donnie Walton (.330 AVG, 16 RBI), 1B Dustin Williams (7 HR, 22 RBI), 3B Garrett Benge (.321 AVG, 17 RBI)