Lauren Burnett, lead James Madison University softball player Whoever helped the school in its historic march to the Women’s College World Championship last year died suddenly at the age of 20, officials said Tuesday.
JMU President Jonathan Alger announced the death of the sophomore, who finished third on the team in home races and second in the RBI.
“Our hearts ache, we hear the news of the loss of one of our student athletes” Algeria He said in a statement. “Lauren Burnett He was a high performing member of the softball team and a wonderful ambassador for JMU and our athletics program. “
As a freshman last year, the Pennsylvania native MacDonald started a 43 game where the Dukes went 41-4 and advanced to the College Women’s World Series in For the first time in the school’s history.
The Dukes are 21-21 this year and last played on Sunday by defeating Drexel 11-4 in Philadelphia. Burnett He had a catchy game On Sunday, go 4 vs 4 with Homer and two doubles.
JMU was scheduled to host the Longwood double-header on Wednesday, but both games have been cancelled.
Officials said the school statement did not mention the cause of death, but it was not treated as a crime.
“Yes, we are conducting a death investigation at this time,” Rockingham County Sheriff Brian Hutcheson said in a statement to NBC News. It is not a criminal investigation where no wrongdoing is suspected.
A representative of the Virginia Chief Medical Examiner’s office could not be reached for comment on Tuesday.