ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Gov. Mark Dayton has named a day in honor of the
University of Minnesota's softball team.

The Gophers are entering the NCAA Tournament as the top-ranked team in the
country, with a 54-3 record during the regular season. Their record includes a
25-game winning streak. Still, the team wasn't seeded in the NCAA Tournament.

On Friday, the Gophers started the tournament with an 11-3 victory over
Louisiana Tech in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Dayton declared Friday to be ``National Number One Softball Team Minnesota
Gophers Day.''

He congratulated the team on its winning season, and wished them success as the
tournament continues.