Fraudin (7-5) retired the final 11 batters he faced, and did not give up a hit after the fifth inning to finish his third complete-game performance of the season.
The big righty struck out the side in the second and fourth innings and had at least one strikeout in six different frames. He allowed just four singles, with two of those not leaving the infield.
Gardner-Webb (26-25-1, 10-11 Big South) needs to come away with one win from Friday's doubleheader to clinch a spot in the upcoming league tournament - which begins May 21 in Lynchburg, Va.
Presbyterian (24-30, 10-12 Big South) got a pair of leadoff singles to lead off the game Thursday night, and Brandon Paul came through with a clutch, two-run single with two outs to put the Blue Hose up early.
The Runnin' Bulldogs responded to tie the game quickly, getting sharp singles from JJ Nazzaro and Scott Johnson to start the bottom of the first. John Harris was hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs, and Gardner-Webb tied the game when Brad Collins' beat out a potential double play and the relay throw sailed into the dugout.
Presbyterian starter Bud Jeter got out of the inning with the game still tied, and Gardner-Webb would not surge in front until the fourth.
Benji Jackson roped a line drive single to start the fourth inning and Henry Rundio followed with a single of his own to put two men on base with nobody out. A wild pitch moved both into scoring position, and Ryan Hodge plated go-ahead run with a nicely placed sacrifice squeeze bunt for an RBI.
Fraudin cruised from there, allowing just two more base runners the rest of the way.
Gardner-Webb added an insurance run with two outs in the eighth. Jackson singled and scored all the way from first on a first-pitch double to left by Rundio – his third hit of the game and first extra base hit for either side.
Gardner-Webb had seven hits in the game, with Rundio (3-for-4, 2B, RBI) and Jackson (2-for-3, 2 runs) pacing that effort.
Jeter (5-7) was the hard luck loser on the mound for Presbyterian, allowing four runs on seven hits in a complete-game performance himself. The junior righty fanned eight and walked three.
The Blue Hose had four different players with one hit in the game. Jay Lizanich (1-for-3, run) and Aaron Preston (1-for-4, run) each scored runs for Presbyterian.
The two teams will wrap up the series on Friday at 2:00 pm, beginning a twinbill. Both games will air on the Big South Network (bigsouthsports.com) and the nightcap will air on WGWG-FM (88.3 / wgwg.org), with first pitch set for 6:00 pm.
Gardner-Webb will honor its seniors prior to the start of Friday's second game.
Thursday's scheduled appearance on the Big South Network was hampered due to an internet outage on campus. An archived version of the game will be uploaded for viewing at a later date.