Tragic news … James Madison University softball star Lauren Bernett — who was just named Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week on Monday — has died, the school announced.
She was just 20 years old.
In a statement announcing the sad news Tuesday morning, JMU officials did not reveal a cause of death … but said the tragedy was “devastating.”
“Our hearts are aching, hearing the news of the loss of one of our student-athletes,” officials said … “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.”
Bernett, a sophomore, was a star catcher for the Dukes … and had just had arguably her best week ever on the diamond for JMU.
In a game against College of Charleston on April 16, she recorded three hits and seven RBIs — a JMU record. Just days later, in a series against Drexel on April 23, she logged hits in seven of her nine at-bats.
On Monday, the CAA handed her its Player of the Week award for her performances.
Bernett — who was batting .336 this season with nine home runs — was also a key contributor to the James Madison squad that made a deep run in the 2021 Women’s College World Series.
“We love you, Lauren,” the JMU softball team said in a tweet on Tuesday.
The team has canceled its Wednesday doubleheader against Longwood in wake of Bernett’s death.
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