Monique Francois threw a five-hit shutout and Morgan Dufour homered twice as Lubbock Christian University blanked Newman 4-0 Friday in the first game of a Heartland Conference softball doubleheader at PlainsCapital Park.

LCU won the second game 8-1 as Lindzi Clemmer, Sydney Beuthien and KK Lopez-Lui drove in first-inning runs and Dufour launched her third homer of the day.

LCU moved to 16-9, 7-6 in the Heartland Conference and dropped Newman to 5-25, 2-13. The two teams finish the three-game series at noon Saturday.

Dufour's homers in the opener, her ninth and 10th of the season, were a solo shot to center field in the second inning and a two-run drive to left in the sixth. In between, LCU Lopez-Lui homered to left-center in the fourth.

Francois (10-3) threw a complete game on 91 pitches, striking out seven with no walks. Chantel Purcella (1-8) went the distance for Newman.

In the second game, Clemmer and Beuthien doubled home runs in the first and Lopez-Lui added an RBI single for a 3-0 lead.

The Lady Chaps made it 6-1 in the third on a bases-loaded walk to Logan Grado and Casey Ingram's two-run single. Dufour unloaded a two-run homer to center in the fourth.

Amber Carlton (4-2) pitched a complete game for LCU, allowing seven hits and no walks while striking out five. The Lady Chaps had 12 hits, led by 3-for-3 games by Beuthien and Lopez-Lui and Ingram's 2 for 2.

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Leadoff batter Logan Nethercot went 3 for 4 with a run scored and two RBI and Lubbock Christian University survived a four-run seventh-inning rally to beat St. Edward's 7-6 in the first game of a doubleheader at Hays Field.

St. Edward's kept the bats going and won the second game 12-2 behind two RBIs apiece from William Hairston, Robbie Lammons and Dylan May. Hairston finished 4 for 4.

LCU (14-6) and St. Edward's (11-8) are Heartland Conference rivals playing a non-conference series this weekend. The Chaparrals and Hilltoppers go at it in another doubleheader at noon Saturday.

In Friday's opener, LCU starter Ryan Johnson (3-1) gave up two runs on three hits in 4 2/3 innings. Chandler Casey then retired all four batters he faced to get the Chaps through the top of the sixth with a 5-2 lead. Nethercot's run-scoring triple, and Andrew Pratt getting on an RBI while he reached on an error made it 7-2 going to the seventh before St. Edward's rallied against Nick Hooper and Ethan Crooks.

Hairston's two-run homer off Crooks narrowed the gap to 7-6 and after the next two batters reached, LCU brought in Shandon Herrera, who got a game-ending groundout for his first save.

Ryan Rogers and Andres Negron had RBI singles for LCU, and Braden Hayward had a sacrifice fly.