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Two losses to Purdue last Saturday cost the Gophers a regular-season Big Ten title and dimmed their postseason hopes.
Organizers estimated that about 300 people turned out in Winona on Monday to see P.J. Fleck and Richard Pitino, dwarfing the crowd that came to the event last time it was in town.
Sara Groenewegen and her changeup give the Gophers a chance vs. anyone. She has eight career no-hitters and holds the Gophers' all-time strikeout record, with 1,187.
After not being among the 16 teams seeded in the NCAA tournament, the Gophers were treated more favorably by coaches voting in the final softball poll of the season.
After seeing they'd be sent on the road, one Gophers softball player said: "We were mad, sad, angry, whatever. But we took a couple minutes to digest it and tried to find a way to move on."
Performance against Top-25 teams, strength of schedule were factors.
The Gophers have the best record in Division I softball, at 54-3, but in a stunning development Sunday night, that wasn't enough to land them one of the top 16 seeds in the NCAA tournament.
The University of Minnesota is investing nearly $7 million next season on the sidelines for a new era of Gophers football.
Big Ten's top two teams could meet for first time this season this weekend in Ann Arbor.
The Gophers won their first regular season conference title since 1991, which is also the last time the program had a Coach of the Year honoree.