BOAZ – Snead State sophomore Mikhail Cazenave has signed a scholarship to Samford University in Birmingham.
The right-handed pitcher from Rainbow City is currently the only junior college signee in this year's recruiting class at Samford. He is the No. 1 starter at Snead State, pitching in the 88-92 range.
Samford Head Coach Casey Dunn shared his expectations of Cazenave on the school's athletic website, samfordsports.com.
"Mikhail was one of the most accomplished pitchers in his class coming out of high school," Dunn said. "He pitched his team to a state championship and really has a knack for competing on the mound. The only knock on him out of high school was a lack of the velocity. Over the past two years he has really worked hard to add arm strength and now is a guy I expect to come in ready to compete for a weekend spot right away."
He is the son of Mike and Tricia Cazenave. He received All-Area honors for 2011-2013 and was named to the Class 2A All-State team in 2013. He was also named the Gadsden Times Player of the Year. He attended Westbook Christian School.
As the ace of the Westbrook pitching staff his senior year, Cazenave went 10-3 with 108 strikeouts in 81 innings. He finished with a 1.08 earned run average as Westbrook went 25-15 overall and 8-3 in the postseason.
"He has come into our program and worked hard from the very first day. He pushes not only himself but his teammates as well. We are very fortunate to have him on our team," said Snead State Baseball Coach Ledbetter.
"I want to thank my teammates and coaches. I look forward to reaching our goals together this season," said Cazenave.