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Lauren Bernett, a standout on James Madison’s softball workforce who helped the Dukes attain the semifinals of the Women’s College World Series final yr, has died, the college introduced Tuesday. She was 20.
The college launched a letter mourning the dying of Bernett, a sophomore at JMU. They didn’t reveal a explanation for dying.
“Our hearts are aching, hearing the news of the loss of one of our student-athletes. Lauren Bernett was a high-achieving member of our softball team and a great ambassador of JMU and our athletics program,” the letter learn.
“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.”
Born in McDonald, Pennsylvania, Bernett was a member of the National Honor Society and deliberate to main in biology with a minor in pre-vet.
As a freshman standout on the softball workforce, she made the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) All-State Second Team and performed a key position within the Dukes’ semifinal look within the Women’s College World Series, shedding out to the eventual champions, Oklahoma.
Bernett was named the Colonial Athletic Association’s participant of the week on Monday.
Rockingham County Sheriff Bryan Hutcheson advised the Richmond Times-Dispatch in an electronic mail they’re conducting an investigation into Bernett’s dying, however famous that no foul play is suspected.
Her premature dying follows that of one other promising school athlete, Wisconsin monitor star Sarah Shulze, earlier this month. According to a web site devoted to Shulze, she took her personal life on April 13. She was 21.
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