TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The No. 1-ranked Minnesota Gophers crushed Louisiana Tech Friday afternoon in the opening round of the NCAA DI softball tournament, 11-3.

The Gophers used a five-run second inning on its way to the rout. Maddie Houlihan and MaKenna Partain each went three for three at the plate, driving in four runs apiece. Click here for the box score.

Minnesota's next opponent in the double-elimination round will be either Albany or 16-seed Alabama Saturday afternoon at 1:30 p.m.