She was 20 years old.
“Our hearts are aching,” James Madison University wrote in a message announcing the sophomore’s death to students.
Her cause of death has not been announced.
“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,” they continued.
Bernett was from McDonald, Pennsylvania.
On Monday, the catcher was named Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week in a series against Drexel University.
Bernett was a key member of JMU’s 2021 Women’s College World Series.
“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,” the University wrote in a statement.
Several players took to Twitter with messages about the loss.
“Love you LB,” one player wrote.
The school released information on counseling for students.
“We grieve together,” the school said.