Missouri began its advance .in the NCAA softball tournament on Friday evening.
The Tigers, seeded second in the Los Angeles regional, opened play with a 7-4 victory over No. 3 seed Cal State Fullerton with the help and power of Hatti Moore.
Moore got things going early, blasting a two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning to put the Tigers up 2-0.
But Cal State Fullerton got two runs in the second and one in the third to grab a 3-2 lead.
Mizzou, though, bounced back with five big runs in the bottom of the fifth. Four of those runs came on a Moore grand slam.
Moore finished 2 for 3 with six RBIs.
MU left fielder Regan Nash went 3 for 3 with a run scored and a RBI.
Cal State Fullerton tacked on a run in the sixth but fell to the elimination bracket of the double-elimination weekend regional.
Missouri improved to 33-23, while Cal State Fullerton dropped to 38-17.
Missouri, on Saturday, will face the winner of Friday’s second LA regional game between host UCLA and Weber State. UCLA is the overall No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament.