JMU Community Mourns Death Of Softball Player

Lauren Bernett, a softball player for James Madison University, has died, the school announced Tuesday.

No cause of death or additional details were provided.

JMU President Alger's statement:

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. She was a key member of our 2021 Women's College World Series team as a freshman catcher last year.


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.


Jonathan Alger

JMU President

Jeff Bourne

JMU Director of Athletics



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Wednesday's home softball doubleheader vs. Longwood has been canceled. Information about other remaining contests on JMU's schedule will be shared once available.

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