James Madison University cancels final softball games after catcher’s death

JMU softball player Lauren Bernett dies

HARRISONBURG, Va. – The final games of the James Madison University softball season have been canceled after the death of sophomore catcher Lauren Bernett last week.

“This was an extremely difficult decision and one that was not made lightly,” JMU Head Coach Loren LaPorte said. “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.”

The canceled games include a matchup on May 3 against Virginia and a three-game series on May 6 and 7 against Elon.

JMU concludes its season at 21-21 overall and 10-5 in conference play.


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