Lauren Bernett, James Madison University Softball Player. She died at 20

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Lauren Bernett, a James Madison University softball player, has passed away. The school made the announcement.She was just 20 years old. The cause of her death was not disclosed, but the school issued a statement saying how much Bernett meant for the softball team, and the entire James Madison community. 

“Our hearts are aching, hearing the news of the loss of one of our student-athletes,”James Madison stated this in a statement. ” Lauren Bernett was a high-achieving member of our softball team and a great ambassador of JMU and our athletics program. She was a key member of our 2021 Women’s College World Series team as a freshman catcher last year.”

The statement continued: “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. 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. JMU Nation is a close community, and we grieve together.  

Many people on social media paid tribute to Bernett. “I’m just an avid fan of College Girls Softball (Boomer),” one person wrote. JMU was such a exciting team to watch in the WCWS ’21. My heart goes out to the family and all surrounding people who knew young Lauren Bernett.”

Additional person: “Heartbreaking. Every parent’s worst nightmare. Hoping her family and her JMU community are granted strength during this difficult time.”Bernett was in her 2nd year with the softball club. She was named Colonial Athletic Association’s Player of the Week on Monday. The week included seven runs, four runs, and a home run. Bernett’s season average was.336 with nine home runs as well as 33 RBIs.

Bernett was one the key players who helped the Dukes to the College World Series in 2021. She scored a run in the Knoxville Regional Championship against Liberty, and was elected to the VaSID All-State 2nd Team. Bernett, a Biology major from McDonald’s in Pennsylvania, was born in McDonald’s.