It took the 8th ranked Missouri softball team a few innings to get going, but once the bats started, there was no stopping Mizzou as they run-ruled #22 San Diego State 9-1 in the Tigers’ season opener.

After failing to get a hit in the first three innings, Mizzou scored four in the fourth highlighted by Ashley Fleming’s two run homer and Nicole Hudson’s solo shot two batters later.  San Diego State scored a run in their half of that inning, making it 4-1, but the Tigers went back to work. Jenna Marston blasted the Tigers’ third home run of the day, hitting a three-run shot to dead center field to extend the lead to 7-1. Catherine Lee later tripled in a run and scored.

Kristin Nottelman pitched five innings for the win. The Tigers play San Jose State at 1 p.m. on Friday.