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Returning airman surprises mom at Drive game

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The moment with SSgt. Trey Murphy surprised his mother on the field. (Aug. 23, 2012/FOX Carolina) The moment with SSgt. Trey Murphy surprised his mother on the field. (Aug. 23, 2012/FOX Carolina)
SSgt. Trey Murphy, in the Drive uniform, hugs his mom, Sarah. (Aug. 23, 2012/FOX Carolina) SSgt. Trey Murphy, in the Drive uniform, hugs his mom, Sarah. (Aug. 23, 2012/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

An Upstate airman who recently returned home from Afghanistan used a Greenville Drive game to surprise his family Thursday night.

Staff Sgt. Trey Murphy serves with the Air National Guard, and just got back from a tour of duty. However, before the game, his mother had no idea.

"She absolutely means the world to me, so being away from friends and family, especially my mom, is very tough," Murphy said. "She has no idea that I'm here now, talking to you."

So, Murphy talked with the Drive, who agreed to be part of the homecoming. They let Murphy suit up as a player, and in the bottom of the third inning, Murphy's mother, Sarah, took the field. She was the featured speaker during USO night at Fluor Field.

SLIDESHOW: Returning Airman surprises mom at Drive game

"We're very proud of Trey, and we're looking forward to having him home," said Sarah Murphy.

Dressed as a player, Trey Murphy walked onto the field during his mother's speech.

"Oh! My God," a tearful Sarah Murphy exclaimed. "I'm blown away. I can't believe it! I just can't believe it!"

Trey Murphy said baseball is the greatest show on dirt. Perhaps, it became even greater for his family Thursday night.

Murphy is stationed at the McEntire Joint National Guard Base in Eastover, SC. He now lives and works in Greenville and will remain in the Upstate until his next assignment.  

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