James Madison University softball player Lauren Bernett dies

Apr 26, 2022

James Madison University softball player Lauren Bernett has died, the school announced Tuesday.

She was 20.

No cause of death was provided and calls by USA TODAY Sports to the Rockingham County, Virginia Sheriff’s Department were not immediately returned.

The school also said Wednesday's doubleheader against Longwood has been canceled.

"College athletics is great because of the people with whom we get to interact every day. We are a tight family. We are grateful that Lauren has been part of our JMU Athletics community and will always consider her to be a Duke. We will miss her dearly," the school said in a statement.

Bernett, a sophomore catcher from McDonald, Pennsylvania, was a key contributor for James Madison last season on its way to the 2021 Women's College World Series. The Dukes won games against top-ranked and eventual champion Oklahoma and Oklahoma State before losing back-to-back games to the Sooners in the semifinals.

Source: USA Today
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