The James Madison University softball team canceled the remainder of its 2022 season after the death of player Lauren Bernett last Monday.
Four games, one against Virginia and three against Elon, were affected. The Dukes had already canceled five games 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.”
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The Western Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Virginia said Thursday that Bernett, 20, died by suicide.
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