FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas outfielder Matt Vinson has enjoyed every moment of his ESPN fame the past several days.

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas outfielder Matt Vinson has enjoyed every moment of his ESPN fame the past several days.

Vinson is receiving text messages and phone calls from people he hasn’t spoken to in a long time. There have been pats on the back from teammates and applause from fans. And even more appropriate in an era of social media, Vinson said he has gained scores of new Twitter followers since scaling the outfield wall to bring back a ball that would’ve been a home run.

“It was pretty cool,” said Vinson, whose catch was shown several times Saturday as ESPN’s top play. “It was a childhood dream, I guess.”

But the Alma native has enjoyed something else as No. 3 Arkansas (20-2) opens its first Southeastern Conference road series at Mississippi State (15-7) tonight. He’s become a regular in Arkansas’ lineup again.

Vinson should be on the field for the fifth straight game tonight and could be there all weekend. It’s a starting job he earned to open the 2012 season and one he lost for a few games because of his struggles at the plate.

Vinson’s big weekend against Alabama, which started with the catch and included several key at-bats, has helped him reclaim the position.

“I want to be in the lineup every day,” Vinson said Wednesday night after going 0-for-1 with three walks in a win against Nevada. “I feel like if I’m in the lineup, I can help the team. But I feel like I’m a good enough player to be in the lineup — I should be in the lineup every day.”

The issue: Vinson isn’t tearing it up at the plate this season. In fact, he enters the Mississippi State series batting .180 (9 of 50).

But Vinson started the SEC opener against Alabama largely because he is a veteran and one of Arkansas’ best defensive outfielders. He took advantage of the new opportunity, too.