Missouri's Brooke Wilmes slides under South Carolina second baseman Mackenzie Boesel

Missouri’s Brooke Wilmes slides under South Carolina second baseman Mackenzie Boesel to get to second base in the bottom of the sixth inning May 4 at Mizzou Softball Stadium. Missouri will head west to compete in the UCLA-hosted Los Angeles Regional starting Friday.

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Missouri softball has been selected for the NCAA Tournament and will make the trip west for the Los Angeles Regional starting Friday.

The Tigers match up with Cal State Fullerton in their first game. The Titans sit at 38-16 and are riding a seven-game winning streak but are only 6-5 at a neutral site.

Fullerton is led offensively by Ari Williams with a .380 batting average. Daisy Munoz leads the team with eight home runs.

The two teams meet 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Weber State joins Missouri and Cal State Fullerton in the regional. The Wildcats are 26-19 and won the Big Sky Tournament. Similar to Fullerton, Weber State plays fairly even at a neutral site with a 9-9 record.

The host UCLA Bruins are the No. 2 overall seed. UCLA is coming off its first Pac-12 championship since 2009. Missouri and UCLA matched up once in the regular season, with the Bruins winning 11-3 in six innings.

All 12 of the other Southeastern Conference teams qualified for a regional, making it the third straight year all 13 teams qualified.

Regionals go by double elimination rules, with the winner advancing to the best two-of-three super regional round. The super regional winners advance to the Women’s College World Series, held May 30-June 5.

Supervising editor is Brendan Lavell.

This article originally ran on columbiamissourian.com.

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