'Like a second chance': Former Post 2, Davies pitcher Taylor Parrett set to continue career at UL Lafayette
Fargo Davies graduate Taylor Parrett is set to continue his college baseball career at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
FARGO — Fargo Davies graduate Taylor Parrett got a second chance to play baseball for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and wasn’t going to turn down the Ragin’ Cajuns again.
The right-handed pitcher transferred to Louisiana after spending last season with the Houston Cougars.
Houston and UL were his top options when he transferred from Neosho County (Kan.) Community College after the 2021 season.
“When I had originally committed to Houston, my final two schools were either UL or Houston and I ended up choosing Houston,” said Parrett, a former Fargo Post 2 standout. “When they reached out the second time. It’s like a second chance. I knew right away if they wanted me that bad, I wanted to play for them.”
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Parrett had a 1-0 record with a 0.00 ERA in 5 2/3 innings for the Cougars last season in six appearances. He struck out 10 batters and walked one. Parrett said he missed a combined six weeks between an oblique injury and a blister on one of his pitching fingers.
“It was minor injuries that ended up costing me six weeks. It was hard to get in games when I really didn’t have the coaches’ trust,” Parrett said. “I saw it both ways. I understand why the coaches couldn’t throw me a ton. … I felt at the end of the day, I needed a fresh start.”
Parrett said he appreciated that UL was willing to recruit him again after deciding to go to Houston for the previous season.
“UL is such a great baseball town and the support here for their athletics is crazy,” Parrett said. “They recruited me so big out of junior college. They were willing to put that behind them and come after me again.”
The Ragin’ Cajuns, who play in the Sun Belt Conference, posted a 37-23 overall record this past spring and won the Sun Belt tournament to qualify for the NCAA Division I tournament.
Parrett has two seasons of eligibility remaining and his college stops prior to Louisiana include North Dakota State (where he redshirted for one season), Neosho and Houston.
“UL gave me the chance to come down here and start new,” Parrett said. “They said come down here and prove yourself in the fall and whatever happens, happens. That’s what I want. All I ask for is someone to give me a chance to prove myself.”