softball star Lauren Bernett dies at 20

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 news comes one day after Bernett was named the softball Player of the Week in the Colonial Athletic Conference  and  they did not provide any further details about her death

College athletics is great because of the people with whom we get to interact every day. We are a tight family. We are grateful Our hearts are aching, hearing the news of the loss of our student

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 was named the CAA Player of the Week after batting .788 (7-for-9) with seven RBIs and four runs during a three-game weekend sweep of Drexel. On April 16

 she tied a single-game JMU record with seven RBIs in a game against College of Charleston. Bernett was named the CAA Player of the Week after batting

788 (7-for-9) with seven RBIs and four runs during a three-game weekend sweep of Drexel. On April 16, she tied a single-game JMU record with seven RBIs

In 2021, she helped the Dukes advance to the Women’s College World Series for the first time. They made headlines there with a 4-3 win against No. 1-ranked Oklahoma

JMU canceled a doubleheader scheduled for Wednesday at home against Longwood. she tied a single-game JMU record with seven RBIs in a game against College of Charleston.

On Monday, Bernett was named Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week as the Dukes swept a three-game set from Drexel. She hit .778 with seven RBIs in the series.

Our thoughts are with her family; her coaches, teammates and friends; the rest of our department staff and student-athletes; and the entire JMU community

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