"No one, except for the guys at Stanford, expected them to go that far," Appel said of the basketball team. "What they did, especially where they've been the last couple years...I don't think they have anything to hang their heads about. They accomplished a lot. We're all proud of what they did."
All was not lost in the Astros clubhouse, however. As of late afternoon Friday, George Springer's University of Connecticut Huskies and Kevin Chapman's Florida Gators were still very much alive.
"That's my school and my state, so I always like to cheer them on no matter what," Springer said.
Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.