James Madison Softball Cancels Season After Lauren Bernett’s Death

The James Madison softball program has canceled the remainder of its season following the death of sophomore catcher Lauren Bernett.

Bernett was 20 years old.

“This was an extremely difficult decision and one that was not made lightly,” JMU coach Loren LaPorte said in a statement. “We are so grateful for the support of our fans all season and for the love from the softball community during the past week. We will use this time to continue healing and to honor Lauren’s memory while finishing the academic semester strong.

“Most importantly, we’re thinking about our graduating seniors whose careers have come to an abrupt conclusion. We will make sure that they are honored for the commitment and dedication they have made as student-athletes at James Madison University.”

Her death is being investigated as an apparent suicide.

Last week, Bernett was named Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week after hitting .778 with seven RBIs in a three-game sweep against Drexel.

Our deepest condolences continue to go out to Bernett’s family and friends during this incredibly difficult time.

If you or anyone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a suicide prevention network of 161 crisis centers that provides a 24/7, toll-free hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress and can be reached at 1-800-273-8255.

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